Hopefully industrial wind in the monument's long touted nearby host communities is not in Mr. St. Clair's "plan" or definition of what is acceptable. Tourists seeking tranquility would be repelled by noisy and flashing turbine blight.
BDN - Canadian company wants to mine land near Maine’s national monument
Environmentalists have expressed concern about development around pristine areas like the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and Baxter State Park, but the man behind the new monument (Lucas St. Clair) said having such industrial activity was in his plan.
IN KATAHDIN'S SHADOW: Mining company plans to buy northern Maine mountain - PPH
While this is not about wind power, this general area, in Katahdin's shadows has been in the sights of the wind developers for many years. Those concerned about the mining and its potential impacts to the area that is increasingly reliant on Katahdin area tourism should also focus on the horrendously out of scale and thoroughly out of place giant wind turbines that are on the wind developers' drawing boards. And that's probably near term, given the coming waves of applications in response to southern New England RFP's.
“I’m very familiar with that whole area back there. It’s so beautiful and scenic,” said Katahdin Lodge co-owner Chuck Loucka, whose Moro Plantation business catering to outdoor enthusiasts is located a few miles from Pickett Mountain. “I’d hate to see it spoiled in any way.”
Billie J. MacLean, who is LURC’s regional representative out of Ashland, said King Pine Wind’s applications generally follow the Route 11 corridor between the Aroostook County towns of Ashland and Patten.
9/22/11 - First Wind Eyes Katahdin
Ex-PUC head enriched by utility company
By Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting
Posted April 21, 2010, at 8:20 p.m.