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Comment by Ginny Ward on December 22, 2015 at 5:55am

I also want to add ~~~ Beware, to those of you considering the "promises of Big Wind" for your area. Not only does the desecration of our beautiful ridges and mountaintops ruin the serene world that rural Maine has always known, it destroys the fabric of these communities. It pits "neighbor against neighbor", creating an atmosphere foreign to the way rural Maine has survived and thrived.

Comment by Ginny Ward on December 22, 2015 at 5:32am

To Eric Tuttle ~~~ Yes, as Lois Worcester said, we also realize that Kingsbury Plt. chose to remain without power. And we fully realize that "the jobs" are but temporary, that this "nightmare in the woods" provides. My comments in my original post on this thread, referred to the "low information" comments from a few people in the surrounding towns. I also want to clarify that we do not "blame" these people for their comments. The wind industry, as we ALL well know, preys on the poorer communities in unorganized territories. When people are struggling to keep their families fed, sheltered and warm, there is, understandably, little time to research or verify the "pie in the sky" claims that Big Wind is offering them. After all, the dear folks that you spoke of, Lois Worcester, Flossie Ward, Justin Worcester and also Alton Worcester, all grew up in a time when a man's word and a handshake were the way things worked. This trust and tradition is the backbone of rural Maine and still lives on in the hearts of those who descended from this concept. 

Flossie Ward was my husband's aunt by marriage. She was a wonderful, strong and hard working lady. Her husband, Marshall Ward, my husband's uncle, passed away in the 1960's. Justin Worcester was well known in the Washington County area where I was born. My husband's Dad & Mom were born and raised in Kingsbury and Wellington. We often wonder what they would think of what's happening today and how they would react. From our camp on the Old Mountain Rd. (Stagecoach Rd), we look directly across at Cowette Hill, where my mother-in-law (a Cowette) was born and raised, in what our generation knows as the "Preble Farm". The Cowettes' sold the farm to Earl and Florence Preble, who are no longer living.  Now comes the irony. The newest and present owners of the farm on Cowette Hill, are environmentalists. They like the "clean and green" idea of the turbine project. The only "downside"? ~~~ looking across at the Old Mountain Rd. at night, and seeing the flashing lights (surrounding our property) "But it is worth the annoyance, to save the planet"!  (their words, not ours)

g across

Comment by Penny Gray on December 21, 2015 at 10:48am

Thank you for your integrity, Christian Mcginn.  If the others had held to your high standards and sound ethics, the outcome may have been different for Parkman.  At the very least, the vote would have been an educated one.  You did all you could.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on December 21, 2015 at 10:06am

Sorry to hear of your quashed concerns and reasonable approach to the re-permitting. A time when the community gets to review, and refuse should they choose to do so. Or set higher standards of protection than is required by the state or the Feds. A time when the people's voice could have excelled beyond the halls of Augusta.

Like many communities in Maine, many have those who seek to make personal gains. Maybe not so much as to monetary gains, but gains of being held and viewed in a different light of respect by the many bamboozled residents when they see the miniscule funds brought into their community by those in position. The same people that can not see beyond the immediate, to realize a longer term potential benefit. These are the types of people that act irresponsibly yet go unchallenged, and remain until the community feels hopeless. Gradual submission to the power of $ .  Thanks for your work in Parkman, Christian....... or at least your willingness to protect vs sell the community. 

Now the question remains, how much of the damaged roads comes from the 400k and how much is paid for by the corporation or the contractors that destroyed the community roads?  Well, assuming they do not weasel out of all payments given the shakeup of SunEdison's recent sale of the project. Or was this question ever addressed? It was not in any Video recordings I made, I assure you.  

Comment by christian mcginn on December 20, 2015 at 12:54pm

Im on the parkman planning board.  I was outvoted two months ago when I denied a permit for wetlands for the power lines for this project.  I was provided a 140 page book, told to read it at the meeting and then approve it.  I voiced that It was necessary to take a month and read the information.  The general theme was that this permit was approved in the past and that it should be approved again as it expired.  I stuck to my point and was threated to have my home and property inspected for defects and written up.  It was a pathetic planning board meeting where I as an official thought it best to represent the people and learn before I vote.  Interestingly enough it was an attorney representing the wind industry from Portland who came to the meeting and not David Fowler, the usual representative.

I inquired on what exactly will be the pesticide Application and he said that he will get back to me.....Im still waiting....

Its a sad day in this region when the locals think 20k a year for 20 years is a good pay off to have this infrastructure installed.  The roads are taking a beating, this is not a long term solution to Americas energy needs.  Its the locals who were sold on this project and I hope Moosehead region takes notice.

Christian McGinn

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on December 20, 2015 at 10:53am

It was my understanding from Mrs. Lois Worcester that the residents of Kingsbury Plt. still voted to remain without Electrical Power lines. She was once in favor of this project, but before her passing this past August, had revealed to me that she had seen the light of what will become the horrors for this accessible, yet seemingly remote segment of Maine's natural beauty, recently destroyed by the massive deforestation and now the more permanent destruction of the hilltops and scenery. These will be visible not only in the local area, but for Miles surrounding. Though small they will appear on Maine's Horizon from Mt Washington, Mt Katahdin and many other locations.

And where will the jobs be, after this destruction is completed? California, with the monitoring equipment? Maybe a Southern New England company when the repairs are needed ? A Propane delivery or two in the winter months to keep them up to operating temperature ? Or maybe a road clearing in the winter to access these beasts? These are not JOBs....... of steady employment, that was envisioned by those people listening to the slick talking, promise everything under the sun, community beneficial report meetings with the public nor the state agencies.

But then, they can not envision the future as is evident in Maine's once sustainable forestry industry has shown. They can only see the short term gains. They once saw the destruction of the past, with Maine's polluted waters, backyard trash heaps, and other wrongs that were done and sought protections. They are now of a generation that has not had to deal with those, and now see no harms in allowing a little tweak of the statutes, a little new technology, a little destruction here and there......... Will they see these in their futures, for their generations to come, a destruction they allowed that is irreparable.

Remembering Flossy Ward, and Justin Worcester in my youth I know that this would not be tolerated for Kingsbury or it's part time residents. Though the part time residents were not voters they would have been represented indirectly through these two persons and others of similar character of their day.

And yes...... Ginny Wards post should make its way to Maine's Media outlets......... such as they are.

Comment by Penny Gray on December 20, 2015 at 10:25am
Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on December 20, 2015 at 10:08am

Evil on the road, deeply sorry, I have lived this pain many times for the state of Maine and twice personally with Carthage and Roxbury. There is no way to spin this pain  in a easy way and it is even less easy when we know that the Maine Legislature is totally aware of the scam it is . As I said before this is pure state government MALPRACTICE , not the current administration but the scoundrels Baldacci and Angus King , Al Gore , Obama , Soros and their clones and minions. This is criminal . For those who may come on board on this late in the game read Mike Bond's book ; "Killing Maine " and go to our archives at this website for a comprehensive history and the many attempts to fight this at many fronts .   Time for the handcuffs.

Comment by Penny Gray on December 20, 2015 at 9:56am

Thank you, Ginny Ward.  Your post should be in all the state newspapers.

Comment by Ginny Ward on December 20, 2015 at 4:39am

Our 46 year old family camp sits on our own 40 acres of tall trees surrounded by Kingsbury's 22 turbines. We have watched the progress (destruction). Kingsbury is sparsely populated. There was no "fight" from the residents who were eager for the monetary "windfall" that the nice developers offered. We refused to give up our beloved property and the whole thing is surreal, to say the least. If we let it, we could dwell on the makings of a horror show. (with a few mindless zombies in the mix)

We are 1.5 miles off from rte 16, up on a small mountain, a once peaceful retreat in the serene beauty and awe of the Maine Woods. It is highly doubtful that many of the owners of seasonal camps on Kingsbury Pond even know about the project. If they do, they know nothing of the magnitude of the project. Listening to comments from curious residents from surrounding towns, who "explore" the project on Sundays, is interesting. Some gleefully remark on the "wonderful technology", bringing "industry and jobs" to the area, and all things "clean and green". From experience, we know there is no use in presenting the facts. It's hilariously funny in a very sad morbid way, when they comment that "Kingsbury will now have electricity"!  (There have never been power lines in Kingsbury Plt).  Others' comments on the devastation, destruction and the scam of corporate corruption, evokes conversation from us. Those people have done their homework!

Are we bitter, cynical conspiracy theorists? NO! Nor are we apathetic. At our stage in life, we choose NOT to spend the rest of it uselessly fighting against the Federal Government. In our grandchildrens' time, there will be realization of this 20-30 year blip (and it IS a blip in the BIG picture) of one of the most ridiculous experiments in world history, using bought and paid for "science" to line the pockets of the corrupt. 

After having discussions with people in Mars Hill, especially, early in my curious search for the reality of Wind Farms and their developers, I was saddened by those who commented (dared to comment) that they regretted spending so much of their childrens' growing up years participating in this angry and futile fight against wind. Bottom line ~~~ they can't take away what memories we have had of our little piece of sacred paradise. We refuse to let them ruin what years we have left with our beloved family. In the end, it's the PEOPLE and all of the memories that matter in our lives.

With a sense of having "some" control and a necessary sense of humor, we have decided to run our trusty little, reasonably quiet, Honda generator at night, if the noise from the turbines is unbearable. We use it only for occasionally running the well pump and a couple of cleverly installed "electric lights" for outhouse trips after dark. Of course, the glory of the generator, is that it CAN be shut off. Listening to the night time breeze through the trees and the rustling sounds of the of the woods has been far more important to us than modern conveniences. And, hey, trips to the outhouse after dark, might be intriguing to some of the younger folks, with flashing red lights illuminating the way, from the INDUSTRY in the Maine Woods, our back yard!

The "green machines", made by using petroleum products, and many using fossil fuel back up generators OR even less acknowledged, ENERGY FROM THE EXISTING GRID,  are "qualities" unreported. This, with the leaching of oil from turbine gears, eventually polluting the pristine lakes and streams, go unaccounted for and unreported. And when did the blasting of our mountaintops become environmentally sound? There are huge fragmented piles of slate all over our beloved little mountain. When did the killing of bats and eagles become OK?  Why is scenic proliferation OK for the MAINE Woods and lakes (The #1 reason Maine has a tourist industry), but not OK for the City of Portland? 

Watch out, Moosehead! The "calling card" of this majestic area in our beautiful state, if ruined by turbines, will be the epitome of this unfathomable horror show, brought to you, compliments of the renowned and lauded Environmental Movement, supported, promoted and FINANCED by the Federal Government. 

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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