THE MAINE DEP HAS APPROVED FIRST WIND'S OAKFIELD PROJECT

Despite the filing of a detailed, expert and categorical objection to the First Wind Oakfield Project application and numerous residents' written objections, the DEP has just approved the application and the project may actually go forward. The group of local landowners and residents are planning to file an appeal, but they need your help.

THIS IS TERRIBLE NEWS AND WE MUST FIGHT THIS!!

PLEASE CALL OR WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES AND THE GOVERNOR!!

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Comment by Suzanne Spruce on July 15, 2010 at 12:27pm
Do you know what the status of the Oakfield project is now? I've heard that First Wind is considering making some concessions that might help protect our beloved lake ....?
Comment by Dan McKay on January 5, 2010 at 7:07pm
The DEP needs to be questioned about their role as final say on noise. I have seen them shut down crushing operations when neighbors have complained, and this is with equipment with all the silencing devices in place. They are not the agency that should be dealing with health issues and these turbines are certainly creating a slew of health problems. Yes, we should call and write our government representatives.
Comment by arthur qwenk on January 5, 2010 at 6:35pm
GET A LAWYER! There may be issues that can stop this....... Lynne Williams Esq. lwill@earthlink.net,
Rufus Brown Esq. in Portland as well
There may be a financial issue, and they have no money, a breach of the permit.....
Get active with CTFWP, come to meeting in a few weeks.....you only have a few weeks to appeal.
DO IT!
You have been ramrodded...
Comment by Martha Thacker on January 5, 2010 at 5:25pm
DEP is bought and paid for by First Wind. The justice dept. needs to investigate ME state govt.
Comment by Brian Raynes on January 5, 2010 at 3:19pm
They have seen stimulus funding. I believe 76 million from two projects in NY and 40.44 million from Stetson I. The letter from HSH Nordbank isn't much. It even states outright that it does not constitute a guarantee of financing. MDEP seems satisfied.
Comment by Martha Thacker on January 5, 2010 at 3:01pm
A letter from HSH Nordbank doesn't seem like much if you look at their SEC report and their own financial statement. The SEC report states over 500 million in debt and may have to sell assets. Don't know if there has been a more recent one or not.Their financial statement says they got a 190 million loan last March for debt. The same time that Stetson II was permitted.Of course, they may see some stimulus funds that we are not privy to.
Comment by Brian Raynes on January 5, 2010 at 2:49pm
The "ability" to finance is included on page 5 of 53 in the Draft Permit. The actual guarantee of financing is not included, simply a letter from HSH Nordbank. I have addressed this issue with MDEP to no avail.
Comment by Alexander Powers on January 5, 2010 at 1:54pm
This is very intriguing - can you send me some more info to my hotmail address: flytier4@hotmail.com?

I would like to talk over the phone as well if you have some time...

Thanks!
Comment by Martha Thacker on January 5, 2010 at 1:23pm
FOYI needs to be filed to prove First Wind's ability to finance. Stetson II was approved right after Credit Suisse foreclosed on Stetson I. Matt Kearn stated to BDN, First Wind had no money to build Stetson II. Ability to finance used to be very important. Of course, that could have been expedited too.

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