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.: