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New Study Highlights Challenges Facing the Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The impacts of wind-energy developments are not limited solely to aesthetic considerations such as undeveloped scenic vistas. These developments often include high-grade access roads in fragile, high-elevation terrain, outbuildings, and transmission lines. They adversely affect soils (e.g., increase erosion or compaction), vegetation (e.g., facilitate the spread of invasive non-native plants), and wildlife (e.g., harm migratory birds and bats that collide with blades). A.T. managers opposed Maine Mountain Power’s proposal to build 30 400-foot wind turbines adjacent to the A.T. corridor on the ridges of Redington and Black Nubble Mountains, some within one mile of especially remote and scenic sections of the Appalachian Trail. The Maine Appalachian Trail Club, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the National Park Service also opposed this development and were instrumental in blocking the project. Eventually the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission rejected the project in 2007 and has upheld this decision several times. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Park Service would like to see improved siting criteria in states where wind energy appears to be viable as well as on federal lands, such as national forests, where landscapes bordering the A.T. or other sensitive resources might be excluded.

Date: March 31, 2010
Contact: Shannon Andrea, NPCA Director of Media Relations P: 202-454-3371; C: 202-365-5912
Anne Trenolone, NPCA Media Relations, 202-454-3332

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http://www.npca.org/stateoftheparks/appalachian/AT-report-web.pdf

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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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