I took the accompanying pictures on Roxbury Pond two weeks ago. A pair of eagles have been raising their young on an island in the pond for several decades. Most eagles hatch 2 or 3, but only one survives to fly. These eagles have rebuilt their nest in the same tree and successfully parented 2 chicks to fly from the nest year after year. The value of their DNA to future generations of eagles is enormous. But with the coming of the turbines, and Obama giving free reign for wind developers to kill eagles, its only a matter of time before these magnificent creatures meet up with a turbine blade traveling at 200 mph at the tip. All in the name of saving the planet....

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Comment by Penny Gray on July 6, 2014 at 11:54am

Wow Gary, that animation made me dizzy.

Comment by Gary Campbell on July 6, 2014 at 10:24am

Great photos.  Now that most of us have digital cams, smart phones and/or iPads, we should start using video more. In all the meetings and hearings discussing scenic impact, there has never been much attention paid to the effect of turbine motion. In a still landscape, moving turbines are magnets for the eye.

For example, here's an animation from another wind opposition site:  moving turbines

Comment by Mike DiCenso on July 5, 2014 at 8:34pm

Very nice pictures...except for the turbines !!

Comment by Penny Gray on July 5, 2014 at 11:33am

Any time these grid scale wind projects are sited on ridgelines or mountains, they are intruding into habitat used by raptors and migratory species.  Further, climate change will force species to adapt or perish and if we destroy the high elevation habitat, we're cutting off the escape route for Maine wildlife.  These habitats use to be the wildest in Maine and they were protected.  Now they're being developed and destroyed by wind development to serve as tax shelters for wealthy corporations.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 5, 2014 at 11:28am

Here's are a couple of requirements for siting wind projects which the developer of the Record Hill travesty (Angus King backed by the Yale Endowment Fund) wrote several years ago:

  Avoidance of unique wildlife habitat, locations of threatened species, or critical plant
habitats.
  Acceptability to local communities includes separation from permanent dwellings,
avoidance of prime recreation areas, and accommodations to support the interests
of people in the community.

Comment by alice mckay barnett on July 5, 2014 at 10:23am

the bottom photo is threatening

 

 

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on July 5, 2014 at 7:50am

Penny those  pictures  were  taken  by  Steve who  had  been  writing  about  this  problem  in  extensive  details  when he  first  started  to respond  to  Record Hill 's  application  for  a  permit in  2009.

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Comment by Penny Gray on July 5, 2014 at 7:31am

Great pictures Monique.  Tragic that we fill the raptor's airspace with giant blades and call it "green".

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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