Friends of Ragged Mountain speak out at Camden Selectboard meeting

Camden, Maine selectboard hears opposition to proposal to site a windfarm on Ragged Mtn
Camden's Town Hall was filled to overflowing Tuesday night as members of the newly-formed Friends of Ragged Mountain turned out in force to show and express the widespread displeasure and opposition that a proposal to site windmills on one of the Camden Hills is getting from area residents.
Listen to the speakers at links below
The more than four dozen local windfarm opponents waited patiently for two hours of other municipal business before they came up on the agenda. But beginning with presentations by Friends' spokespersons Dorie Klein and Dana Strout, a long line of people spoke up challenging the validity of the process that had led up to the present situation, where the town of Camden was being pressured by persons or companies unknown to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a windpower feasibility study, that while it might lead to small reductions in energy costs, would certainly lead to logging bulldozing and blasting of the natural mountain environment.

Selectboard members responded, sometimes defending actions taken to date, mostly responding favorably as the residents made their cases. At one point Klein asked the members of her group to stand: 49 people did so: half of them in this photo:


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Comment by freemont tibbetts on September 8, 2010 at 4:30am
Ron Huber, Recordings , Pic"s and Words with good old Fashion Common Sense will beat the Industrialism Wind Power Scam of Maine . I am proud old man to be your Friend .

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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 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?" 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.”

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