The fight moves from the Downeast Lakes to Oakfield and Island Falls, where First Wind has been granted a permit to destroy the view from two Class 1 lakes - Mattawamkeag Lake and Pleasant Lake with 50 turbines each nearly 500 feet tall. Lynne Williams has submitted a well written appeal, which will be heard by the BEP on Wednesday April 11 at the State Planning Office, Room 110, 19 Union Street, Augusta. The meeting begins at 9 am.
The appeal brief and the staff proposed order (to deny the appeal) are available on the BEP's website -http://www.maine.gov/dep/bep/agenda.htm Please consider attending this important meeting if you can be there. If your group has literature bring it along to distribute to the press.
The BEP has rejected every appeal brought against wind projects since the first appeal of the Rollins permit in 2009. Hopefully the unanimous decision by LURC yesterday to deny the Bowers Mt project, the first rejection under the expedited wind law, will resonate with the BEP and Maine's finest lakes will be spared from the visual blight of wind turbines.
Monique and Steve, co-chairs CTFWP