First Wind, without the attention of the Maine media, has filed for an expansion of their planned Oakfield project that would have 463 FOOT TALL TURBINES.
The original 51 MW Oakfield Wind project had 34 GE 1.5 MW turbines about 389 ft tall. The new "revised" project will be 150 MW with 50 Vestas 3.0 MW turbines at 463 feet tall. At least 5 permanent 275 foot meterological towers included with this project. The area already had a 150 foot corridor for an existing 345 kV transmission line and now will have a 100 foot corridor for a new 115 kV line running beside it for approx 26 miles (buffered by only 50 feet of trees). Also, a new Substation and associated structures must be added
This project, as revised, had the applications for both the Tower Project and the Transmission Project accepted by DEP on June 30, 2011, and is on the agenda for the August BEP Meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, Aug 4th but postponed until Monday, Aug 8th.
The ten closest new turbines to north woods jewel Mattawamkeag Lake would be prominently visible to the northeast at distances of 2.7 to 4.1 miles.
The lake is the site of the Bible Point State Historic Site.
The 27-acre Bible Point site was made famous by Teddy Roosevelt who visited the area beginning in 1878. Roosevelt camped at the southern end of Mattawamkeag Lake and hunted and fished throughout the area. It was reported that, each day, the future U.S. President would take his bible and hike to a beautiful point of land at the confluence of the West Branch of the Mattawamkeag River and First Brook where he would read the bible. A plaque at the site commemorates Roosevelt's love for the area with the following inscription:
"This place to which a great man in his youth liked to come to commune with God and with the wonder and beauty of the visible world is dedicated to the happy memory of Theodore Roosevelt."
Seeking a quiet, relaxing spot away from hustle and bustle? Several such spots exist in southern Aroostook, many with historical significance.
President Theodore Roosevelt has a deep connection to Bible Point, located at the confluence of the west branch of the Mattawamkeag River and First Brook. According to a published history of Island Falls, Roosevelt spent part of each day alone in the woods with a Bible, sitting alone and reflecting. A marker is erected near the spot in Island Falls, and the area has been placed in the state Register of Historic Places.
The inscription was erected in 1921 by Roosevelt biographer Hermann Hagedorn. It reads:
"This place, to which a great man in
his youth liked to come to commune
with God and with the wonder and
beauty of the visible world, is
dedicated to the happy memory of
Stranger, rest here and consider
what one man, having faith in the
right and love for his fellow man
was able to do for his country."