First, my thanks for allowing me to participate with Citizen's Task Force on Wind Power-Maine. Although I am a Massachusetts resident, I have been studying and involved with this issue for ten years, five years longer than most medical residents and post-doc engineers.

Within the wind power industry, wind turbines may be expected to have gear box failures in their five to seventh year service life. What this means, is that the lubricant oil, more than ninety gallons in the nacelles, can suddenly leak out, causing the machine to overheat and burn. Outside of fires caused by lightning, this probably accounts for most turbine fires, which are understandably far more numerous than the officially reported number, ten times more numerous.

It is a calculated engineering and business decision to risk environmental destruction by fire on the part of the wind developers. If you are concerned about protecting your pristine natural environment, and I know that you are, you will redouble your efforts to stop this pernicious industry from destroying your lands, and your people.

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Comment by Marshall Rosenthal on December 4, 2018 at 4:27pm

Perhaps Maine is waiting to have its own version of the "yellow Jacket" riots that are tearing the country apart.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on April 3, 2018 at 2:02pm

Marshall, though you may not be a resident of this state, I believe you may still submit any comments or facts (preferable) to the Maine DEP. There are many from outside of Maine that participate in Hearings that I feel should not be involved at times, but yet they are. 

 

Comment by Marshall Rosenthal on January 23, 2016 at 1:43pm

Time to remove the gloves. Attacks on Annette Smith must be stopped. The Vermont AG needs to be put on notice that this action can and will result in the AG's removal. The word is out to stop, at all costs, the wind power push-back. That means that the rubber is hitting the road and the degenerates that are sending organized criminals into Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, the Middle West, California, and elsewhere, are beginning to feel the effects. Remember what Winston said; WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF IN HELL, KEEP GOING.

Comment by Martha thacker on November 20, 2014 at 2:56pm

Nor is the FAA required to report or do anything. A reliable member of our community reported that Stetson I and II had no red blinking lights on and was a danger to airplanes flying over. This went on a week or two while they were doing repairs...There are quite a few. FAA said to report to the corporation owning the wind farm. So we have limited liability govt. and corporations.

I still believe this wind farm is in wetlands, which would make oil leaking serious to the environment .

Comment by Long Islander on November 20, 2014 at 12:43pm

Here's an article on the Kibby fire.

$4-million turbine fire at Kibby Mountain puts wind energy under new scrutiny by state, opponents

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/23/news/mid-maine/regulators-adv...

Comment by Penny Gray on November 20, 2014 at 12:22pm

Thank you for that info, Marshall.  People living near these turbines  need to be aware of facts like this. Unfortunately it may take a catastrophic fire to wake Mainers up.  Trans Canada's Kibby fire wasn't even reported to the DEP as a fire, but as an oil spill.  The burned out nascelle was spotted by a private pilot.  Wind developers aren't required to report fires nor are they required to fight them.  All a part of their LLC?

Comment by Martha thacker on November 20, 2014 at 12:03pm

55 turbines in Stetson I and II. No fire dept. miles and miles of forests dotted with homes of year round residents. The year round residents must be an important factor, as a person in the baldaci administration said there were no year round residents. Only way to discern the truth is to pay attn. to the lies.

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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