Patriot Renewables has ruined the northeastern ridge of Spruce Mt. in Woodstock with 10 turbines, each 404 ft tall. This project was scaled back, but still makes a negative impact on Bald Mt. & Speckled Mt. in Sumner. Both of the incredible natural resources were protected by purchase with money from the Land For Maine's Future Fund--taxpayer bonds. Both of these should have been considered Scenic Resources of State or National Significance within the 8 mile Scenic Impact Zone as defined in the "Wind Law". Yet DEP ignored the very law they are supposed to uphold and rubber stamped approval.
The first two photos are almost exact "before" & "after" shots, that I shot from the same spot on Bald Mt. and the same scale. This blog post only adresses the scenic impact that ruins part of the viewshed of a special place in Maine that would be set aside as a state park in most other states. Yet we ruin these places with industrial blight. The blasting, scarring and habitat destruction of Spruce Mt. is typical of Maine wind sites. People in Woodstock and on Concord Pond and Shagg Pond have complained about the noise.
If you would like to see the beauty of this place before the wind turbines, including a view of Mt. Washington from Bald Mt., I created a web album from my June 2011 hike. Click here: https://picasaweb.google.com/101554457531034815464/SpruceMtWindProj...#
The ridge of the northeastern end of Spruce Mt. Note there is a meterological data gathering tower on the left. This photo and the next were taken from the same spot. Photo taken June 19, 2011
The same ridge and year and a half later with 404 ft tall turbines. By comparing the contour of the ridges and the relative size of the communications towers on the distant summit, you can see these two photos are vearly perfectly the same scale. This photo taken November 4, 2012
Patriot Renewables did an entire photo documentation of building this project---they are so proud of blasting away and scarring the mountain to put up something that can suck up taxpayer subsidies! I did a screen capture of this shot, which shows Bald Mt. & Speckled Mt. across the valley. Is this what we are going to do to all of our beautiful natural resources?