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




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Comment by Long Islander on April 8, 2012 at 2:29pm

It sounds as though every town all the way to Chester needs an ordinance also - and any towns off to the side that could feed into the Oakfield Chester line. How many selectmen have been approached? How many have held secret meetings with First Wind? How many officials representing the people might stand to gain, for example, by leasing out land they may own to the wind company?

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on April 8, 2012 at 2:01pm

Island Falls needs an ordinance yesterday cause of transmission lines AND turbines..they have juts not moved on it..YET

Comment by Long Islander on April 8, 2012 at 1:59pm

And what of their proposed transmission lines?


Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on April 8, 2012 at 7:09am

Jim Palmer. their "scenic specialist" has discredited our 704 signatures, many comments and many letters to the DEP about the scenic impact- let them know he is WRONG! 80 people in Oakfield should NOT decide the fate of 3000 taxpayers in Island Falls..many who are oblivious to the trickery of the wind companies..

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on April 8, 2012 at 7:07am

yes Norm is right! thank you ALL for your support..Monique said the format is our lawyer Lynne Williams speaks 20 min, then the wind lawyer speaks for 20 minutes then there is 5 minutes for comments and that it will REALLY help if public is there..media will be there too so bring any materials, posters you want- she suggested "Preservation not Destruction". Please be there at 9 am if you can-

Comment by norman f. harte on April 8, 2012 at 7:04am

We  definitely need a show of support with as many people as possible to help the cause. Please, show up at the hearing and bring as many friends as possible!!! N. Harte, Island Falls, Maine

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on April 7, 2012 at 2:26pm

those who can attend we greatly appreciate it..and thank you Wind Task Force

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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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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