Scenic Impact - LD 911 and parts of EUT's LD 1329 at ENR Worksession Today, 5/14/15 at 1:00 PM

Scenic Impact - LD 911 and parts of EUT's LD 1329 at ENR Worksession Today, 5/14/15 at 1:00 PM

The Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources will be reviewing sections 8-16 of LD 1329 at its work session today on LD 911 (wind bill in ENR) with the possibility of including any of those sections as amendments to LD 911. The Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology will hold a work session on LD 1329 next (the schedule will be out on Friday).

Deirdre Schneider
Legislative Analyst
Office of Policy and Legal Analysis
(207) 287-1670
deirdre.schneider@legislature.maine.gov

Cross Building, Room 216

If you are not attending in person, please tune in on the Web at the following link to listen to today's Worksession on LD 911 as described below.  If they start late or take a break, there will be dead air. 

http://legislature.maine.gov/committee/#Audio/216

After clicking the above link, turn up your speakers and use the audio buttons immediately to the right of the words "Environment and Natural Resources Committee Room (ENR)"

Descriptions of the three audio buttons are as follows:

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Scenic Impact - Worksession Thursday, 5/14/15 at 1:00 PM (LD 911 - ENR Committee)

Cross Building, Room 216

Work SessionToday at 1:00 PM for about 4 hours 
HP0104, LD 146Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 200: Metallic Mineral Exploration, Advanced Exploration and Mining, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection
HP0503, LD 750An Act To Allow Regulated Metal Mining in Maine
HP0631, LD 911An Act Concerning the Review of Certain Projects under the Site Location of Development Laws

Committee on Environment and Natural Resources

Presented by Representative WINSOR of Norway.
Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and
Representatives: CAMPBELL of Orrington, DUCHESNE of Hudson, DUNPHY of Embden,
HARLOW of Portland, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, MORRISON of South Portland

SUMMARY

This bill:

1. Creates several new definitions relating to the scenic impact of a wind energy development;

2. Allows for the consideration of cumulative scenic impacts in the permitting of wind energy developments;

3. Adds to the definition of "scenic resource of state or national significance" great ponds that were studied for their value in 1987 or 1989 and that have on them commercial sporting camps established prior to 2007;

4. Allows the Department of Environmental Protection to require a visual impact assessment for wind energy developments located within 15 miles of scenic resources of state or national significance and mandates a visual impact assessment if a generating facility is located within 15 miles of specific scenic resources of state or national significance; and

5. Allows the Department of Environmental Protection to require a visual impact assessment for wind energy developments located beyond 15 miles from scenic resources of state or national significance under certain limited circumstances.

Detailed information on bill: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?PID=1456...

Download bill at: LD_911_Bill_Text_HP063101.doc

Committee On Environment and Natural Resources - Members

Members & Staff (additional email addresses below)
 Senator Thomas Saviello of Franklin, Chair
R, Senate District 17
60 Applegate Lane
WILTON, ME 04294
Phone: 207-645-3420, e-mail: Thomas.Saviello@legislature.maine.gov
 Senator Eric Brakey of Androscoggin
R, Senate District 20
146 Pleasant Street, Apt. 3
Auburn, ME 04210
Phone: , e-mail: Eric.Brakey@legislature.maine.gov
 Senator Catherine Breen of Cumberland
D, Senate District 25
15 Falmouth Ridges Drive
Falmouth, ME 04105
Phone: , e-mail: Cathy.Breen@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Joan Welsh of Rockport, Chair
D, House District 94
54 Sea Street
ROCKPORT, ME 04856
Phone: 207-236-6554, e-mail: Joan.Welsh@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Andrew Buckland of Farmington
R, House District 113
278 Maple Avenue
Farmington, ME 04938
Phone: , e-mail: Andrew.Buckland@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Richard Campbell of Orrington
R, House District 130
321 River Road
Orrington, ME 04474
Phone: 207-989-6055, e-mail: Richard.Campbell@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Benjamin Chipman of Portland
I, House District 40
5 Mayo St., #3
PORTLAND, ME 04101
Phone: 207-318-4961, e-mail: Benjamin.Chipman@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Robert Duchesne of Hudson
D, House District 121
478 Beechwood Avenue
OLD TOWN, ME 04468
Phone: 207-827-3782, e-mail: Robert.Duchesne@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Jeffery Hanley of Pittston
R, House District 87
52 Turner Drive
Pittston, ME 04345
Phone: , e-mail: Jeff.Hanley@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Denise Harlow of Portland
D, House District 36
36 Broadway
PORTLAND, ME 04103
Phone: 207-409-0870, e-mail: Denise.Harlow@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative John Martin of Eagle Lake
D, House District 151
PO Box 250
EAGLE LAKE, ME 04739
Phone: 207-444-5556, e-mail: John.Martin@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Ralph Tucker of Brunswick
D, House District 50
15 McKeen Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
Phone: , e-mail: Ralph.Tucker@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Dustin White of Washburn
R, House District 146
PO Box 1654
Presque Isle, ME 04769
Phone: , e-mail: Dustin.White@legislature.maine.gov

Additional Email Addresses

Andrew Buckland ABUCKLAND@FARMINGTON‐MAINE.ORG
Benjamin Chipman Ben.Chipman@legislature.maine.gov
Cathy Breen Cathy.Breen@legislature.maine.gov
Denise Harlow deniseharlow@hotmail.com
Dustin White WHITE_DUSTIN@HOTMAIL.COM
Eric Brakey eric.brakey@gmail.com
Jeffery Hanley HANLEYHOUSE@MYFAIRPOINT.NET
Joan Welsh joanwelsh08@gmail.com
John Martin moosecamps@yahoo.com
Ralph Tucker ralphtucker@gwi.net
Richard Campbell DICKCAMPBELLLLC@GMAIL.COM
Robert Duchesne duchesne@midmaine.com
Thomas Saviello drtom16@hotmail.com

 

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