Bull Hill Turbines from Schoodic Mt. A ruined vista from a scenic resource

One of the most troublesome problems with the proliferation of industrial wind projects in Maine is their encroachment on the "treasures" of the state that we have purchased to protect for future generations.  We have passed a number of bond issues totaling more than $200 million (principal & interest) for the Fund for Land for Maine's Future.  We have leveraged with these funds millions of dollars more from other sources to preserve places like the Mahoosuc Range, Rumford Whitecap, Bald & Speckled Mt, Tumbledown & Jackson Mt., and Schoodic Mt.  All these wonderful places are being surrounded by wind turbines.

I recently came across a photo of the "Bull Hill" wind project, or as First Wind named it "Blue Sky East".  The turbines here can be seen from Acadia National Park, but the park, a "scenic resource of state or national significance" (as determined in the heinous "wind law") is more than 8 miles away and thus could have no determination of visual impact.  I consider any parcel that we, the taxpayers. have purchased to protect with these bond revenues to also be a "scenic resource of state or national significance".  I have climbed Schoodic Mt.  I looked at the Bull Hill application.  I knew these 479 ft tall turbines were within 3 miles of the summit of Schoodic Mt.  Yet the project was rubber stamped by DEP.  I will never again enjoy the hike up Schoodic, for as stunning is the view south across Frenchman's Bay to Mt. Desert Island, the view in the opposite direction is horrendous.

The photo of the view north from taxpayer-protected Schoodic Mt.:

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Comment by Harrison Roper on March 3, 2014 at 10:52am

Here is a one-word description of these things - hideous.  

Harry Roper

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/

 

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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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