"Virtually Unprecedented: No referral to committee" for Governor's Wind Bill

"Virtually Unprecedented:
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No referral to committee"

For Governor's Wind Bill

An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Expedited Permitting for Wind Energy Development

♦The changes♦
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §3451, sub-§3,  as amended by PL 2015, c. 265, §3 and affected by §10, is further amended to read:
3. Expedited permitting area. "Expedited permitting area" means:
A. The organized areas of the State in their entirety, but not including waters subject to tidal influence, so that the edge of the area that is subject to tidal action during the highest tide level for the year in which an activity is proposed as identified in tide tables published by the United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service defines the boundary of the expedited permitting area on lands abutting waters subject to tidal influence portion of Aroostook County that includes the Town of St. Francis, St. John Plantation, the Town of Fort Kent, the Town of Wallagrass, the Town of Eagle Lake, Winterville Plantation, T14 R6 W.E.L.S., the Town of Portage Lake, Nashville Plantation, Garfield Plantation, T10 R6 W.E.L.S., Oxbow Plantation, the portion of Aroostook County east of those municipalities and also all municipalities in Aroostook County that are wholly located south of the northernmost extent of Penobscot County, excluding Cary Plantation and Molunkus Township; and
B. Specified places within the unorganized and deorganized areas that are identified by rule by the Maine Land Use Planning Commission in accordance with this chapter.

Notable Comments

"Wow. Talk about backroom politics. The bill in question is not a partisan issue, but one party seems intent on making it so. You can go back 50 years and struggle to find 5 bills that didn't get sent to a committee where a public hearing could be held. Are we willing to tolerate this abuse?"


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"Every bill gets its day in court (committee).

The bill does not promote a partisan issue, but Sarah Gideon is making it one. Every Democrat voted against sending the bill to committee for a hearing.

Shameful."

Here are the opt out communities: Courtesy of Friends of Maine's Mountains

List of Municipalities with Wind Ordinances: Courtesy of Friends of Maine's Mountains

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 2, 2018 at 2:51pm

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Comment by Dan McKay on February 1, 2018 at 7:25pm

To the house democrats:

Public Servant,

Let me ask you, if the Governor's Name wasn't associated with LD 1810, would you have voted to move it forward ? Please respond, I need to know if you are some kind of biased politician worthy of exposure.

Comment by Long Islander on February 1, 2018 at 7:21pm

By party. Shouldn't be. Abhorrent.

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Comment by sherri lange on February 1, 2018 at 6:46pm

Completely shameful. Voters will remember.

Comment by Dan McKay on February 1, 2018 at 3:23pm

The last time I heard about a group trying to keep something from coming forward for public airing, it was because they wanted to hide something that might make their integrity vulnerable. 

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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