Legislators Take Official Action to Protect Maine Mountains from Massachussets Invaders

Maine House. February 9, 2010.
These Legislators care about our priceless highlands. Call/write to
thank them for publicly objecting when the Governor wants to sell off
Maine to Massachussets interests:

(4-2) On motion of Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton, the following Joint Resolution: (H.P. 1268) (Cosponsored by Senator GOOLEY of
Franklin and Representatives: CROCKETT of Bethel, GILBERT of Jay,
HARVELL of
Farmington, MITCHELL of the Penobscot Nation, PETERSON of Rumford)
(Approved for
introduction by a majority of the Legislative Council pursuant to Joint
Rule
214)



JOINT RESOLUTION MEMORIALIZING THE MAINE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO OPPOSE LOW-LEVEL FLIGHTS IN WESTERN MAINE



WE, your Memorialists, the Members of the One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Legislature of the State of Maine now assembled in the Second Regular Session, most respectfully present and petition the Maine Congressional Delegation as
follows:



WHEREAS, the Massachusetts Air National Guard proposes to change the use of low-level training flights in the military operations airspace area in western Maine, known as "the Condor airspace"; and



WHEREAS, the Massachusetts Air National Guard's proposal will allow for low-altitude combat simulation flights within the Condor airspace and the proposal has been met with opposition by the residents near the flight paths, as well as concerned citizens throughout the
State; and



WHEREAS, the major problems are the low altitude of the jets, the potential of an increase in flights, the existing small private aircraft flights in the area and the increased noise levels that will disturb agriculture and wildlife, the serenity of the area and the quality
of life for both residents and tourists; and



WHEREAS, the Massachusetts Air National Guard's draft environmental impact statement for these flights is incomplete and fails to meet minimum standards for adequate research and publication, containing errors, omissions and unsupported conclusions related to flight
safety, environmental damage and quality of life; and



WHEREAS, specifically, recent economic reports and recommendations on "quality of place" and the effect of low-level aircraft flights have not been addressed by the draft environmental impact statement; and



WHEREAS, another issue is that noise data for F-18, F-22 and F-35 aircraft are omitted from the draft environmental impact statement, despite the likely use of the airspace by these significantly louder aircraft, and independent analysis of the noise data has not been completed;
and



WHEREAS, no meaningful mitigation measures have been considered or suggested to protect the people and environment regarding these concerns and the State would have no binding control over low-level flight activity; and



WHEREAS, the Penobscot Nation, a federally recognized sovereign Indian tribe, has serious concerns about the effects of this proposal, and the approximately 47,600 acres of tribal lands affected by the proposed expansion of military training flights are lands that were
recovered by the Penobscot Nation under the terms of the federal Maine Indian
Claims Settlement Act of 1980, 25 United States Code, Sections 1721 to 1735;
and



WHEREAS, this proposal may result in unintended restrictions on the uses of the tribe's lands and resources, which may constitute a violation of the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980, and an executive order of the President of the United States and federal law
require that all federal agencies formally consult with federally recognized
Indian tribes when their proposed actions potentially affect such tribes, and to
date the Massachusetts Air National Guard has not initiated the required
consultation process; and



WHEREAS, communication between the Massachusetts Air National Guard, the citizens of the State and the Governor of Maine has been incomplete and the Massachusetts Air National Guard has been unresponsive to questions and requests for information;
and



WHEREAS, important environmental issues in the State have not been properly addressed, such as how these flights will affect endangered and protected species, such as the Barrow's Goldeneye duck and the American Bald Eagle; and



WHEREAS, the impact of the flights on the locations of present and future wind energy sites has not been properly addressed and the safety of the aircraft flying out of local airports has not been properly addressed; now, therefore, be it



RESOLVED: That We, your Memorialists, on behalf of the people we represent, take this opportunity to express our dissatisfaction with the present notification and hearing process for low-level flights over the western portion of our State and we urge the Maine
Congressional Delegation to request that any action by the Federal Aviation
Administration be delayed until the draft environmental impact statement is
complete and addresses all the above identified concerns; and be it
further



RESOLVED: That We call upon the Maine Congressional Delegation to urge the Federal Aviation Administration to hold a public hearing on this proposed airspace change and to request the Massachusetts Air National Guard to withdraw proposals to modify the Condor military operating
areas until the previous requests are implemented; and be it
further



RESOLVED: That suitable copies of this resolution, duly authenticated by the Secretary of State, be transmitted to the Massachusetts Air National Guard and to each Member of the Maine Congressional Delegation.


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Comment by Art Brigades on February 8, 2010 at 11:05pm
Click here to contact your legislators:

http://www.maine.gov/legis/contact.htm

While you're at it, tell them to support the Utilities Committee letter that asks the Departments of Conservation and Environmental Protection to:

a. have a public hearing on every wind project (not required now!)
b. write meaningful noise regulations for turbines (weak and inadequate)

Do it today. Be heard. Almost all of them are running for re-election this year.

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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