Oakfield Ruined by First Wind (SunEdison, Whatever!) Turbines: Latest Photos

An erstwhile wind warrior grabbed his camera this week and sent in these sad photos of the Oakfield Wind project, still under construction, but with enough turbines up so the impact is clear.  First Wind bamboozled the Town of Oakfield with a so-called collaboration with a poor town that was eager for tax revenues and landowners eager to get leasing income.  Again, First Wind laughs all the way to the bank, having taken over the town at a cheap, rock-bottom price.  Then DEP Commissioner Aho allowed First Wind to take the existing license and enormously expand it:  50 turbines, not 38; 479 ft tall structures, not 389 ft.  Bigger, noisier, greater impact zone, including the high quality Pleasant Lake and Mattawamkeag Lake.  All this with one lousy public comment meeting and not forcing First Wind to submit a new application with a new starting point for the permitting.  Here are the results:

Which one is a "Farm"?  The one with the hayfields? or the "Wind Farm"?  It is an insult to real farms when sprawling industrial wind sites are called "Farms"

Beyond the roofline, the turbine blades lurk

The folks in this house will be hammered by noise when these huge turbines get cranking

Escape for some fishing?  The turbines are present everywhere!  If we don't stop industrial wind sprawl, every common pleasant scene that makes up our "Quality of Place" will be ruined.

More folks who will be living with the roar, the annoyance, the debilitation of their health after wind turbines go up behind their home.  You can bet the leasing fees are not going to these victims!

So typical of the views of our Maine uplands, with mile after mile being turned into an industrial site so the wind thieves can rake in tax subsidies and sell Enron-inspired RECs.  What is more disgusting is the Renewables mandates of southern New England states are what is fueling the proliferation of this scourge in our beautiful state.

Still under construction.  Two cranes and towers without hubs & blades are seen here.

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Comment by Mike DiCenso on August 24, 2015 at 1:09pm

These pics make me sick to my stomach. Tax farms amid real farms. All the industrial junk goes thru Lincoln amid police escorts and sirens like it was something of a parade to celebrate something like the 4th of July. Instead , it is a warning of what will happen if a complacent populace trusts in government and corporations as they convert our state into an industrial site. I recall the public fiasco in Island Falls when poor Gary was pelted by detritus from windsprawl butt kissers. How deftly he dodged and parried the hurled objects. He must surely be a master of the martial arts to keep talking and avoiding the wads of paper thrown at him. The people against the wind turbines were a minority that day, although it was heartening to see that there are some intelligent citizens in the area.

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on August 17, 2015 at 12:52pm

 And let us not forget that those turbines are NOT compliant with the new noise regulations establishing the night tresholds at 42 dBa instead of 45.

Comment by Steve Thurston on August 14, 2015 at 8:52pm

As I recall there were numerous (like 28) noise easements purchased in Oakfield by First Wind.  There were many homes with turbines on the hills on either side and within a few hundred feet of the house.  There was no disclosure to these folks about the potential harmful effects of turbine noise,  since the wind industry does not admit that turbine noise is harmful.  These folks can't complain since they all signed gag orders.  

Comment by Leonard J. Murphy. Jr. on August 14, 2015 at 8:49am

Good morning, Brad! Thanks for the update on how commercial wind generators are still being placed in rural residential zoned areas and First Wind does not to talk about the fact that big commercial generator do not belong near homes! The loss of safety and happiness in our State Constitution needs to be properly address with The Governor and the DEP etc.! Yesterday a man from the Fort Kent area came to visit me and was very upset and he could already see several big generators from interstate 95, a sight that will bring most people to a reality that they do not like for several reasons!! Taxation without representation being one!! Lenny

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/

 

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CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

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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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