Are Maine Land Trusts For Or Against Industrial Wind?

Angus King's 22 Record Hill Wind Turbines from atop Mahoosuc Land Trust's Rumford Whitecap Property

The Maine Land Trust Network has a piece in the Portland Press Herald today talking about the importance of tourism. See the link to this piece at the bottom of this post.

One would hope that the Maine Land Trust Network would be doing everything in its power to help stop the scourge of industrial wind in Maine. Unfortunately, we know that some land trusts benefit from "mitigation money" coming from industrial wind projects. Also, we sometimes see that the boards of land trusts include persons whose employers have been supporters of industrial wind. 

A very quick glance at the steering committee of the Maine Land Trust Network reveals individuals with ties to industrial wind. For example, KARIN TILBERG was Governor Baldacci's senior policy advisor and pressed BALDACCI'S WIND TASK FORCE MEMBERS to issue a unanimous set of recommendations that led the way for the state's horrendous wind law in 2008.  Maine Audubon biologist at the time, JODY JONES was a member of the same wind task force whose work unleashed desecration of Maine by wind installations and new transmission.

If one looks at the Maine Advisory Board for the Trust For Public Land, we see three wind industry connected individuals on the five member board:

- Angus S. King III - headed up mergers & acquisitions for First Wind (father is U.S. Sen Angus King)

- David Wilby - was VP, Director of External Affairs for First Wind; member of Baldacci's wind task force

- Neil Kiely - was Director of Development at First Wind

Press Herald Maine Voices: Feb 9, 2018

Land trust lands also support the state’s thriving tourism industry, which is one of Maine’s most important economic drivers – its statewide economic impact is estimated at $9 billion, with 36 million visitors paying $596 million in taxes to the state last year alone...................These range from family-friendly nature paths in communities like Freeport, to more challenging routes ending atop bald summits in rural corners of Oxford County, and everything in between.

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Comment by Frank Haggerty on February 9, 2018 at 12:47pm
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Comment by Long Islander on February 9, 2018 at 12:00pm

I heard a rumor, and have no idea if it's true, that Roger Milliken, Jr., CEO of The Baskahegan Company and the former Chairman of the national NATURE CONSERVANCY was involved with Angus King's wind "farm". I'd love to know if that is true. I believe Milliken pushed for First Wind's Bower's wind project.

Comment by John F. Hussey on February 9, 2018 at 11:43am

Smoke and mirrors as usual!

Comment by Gary Campbell on February 9, 2018 at 11:36am

Jennifer Mahoney of Maine Coast Heritage Trust is the wife of Sean Mahoney of the Conservation Law Foundation. He testifies in favor of every wind project in Maine.

Comment by Alice Sokolow on February 9, 2018 at 10:42am
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Comment by John F. Hussey on February 9, 2018 at 9:36am

The "land trust" game is being abused by many and it's time they PAID THEIR FARE SHARE!  Prime Example #1 as shown above: Angus King's 22 Record Hill Wind Turbines from atop Mahoosuc Land Trust's Rumford Whitecap Property!

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (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 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?" 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.”

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