A tempest of conflicts swirls within Maine anti-wind nonprofit

Decisions by executives with the Friends of Maine's Mountains raised ethical questions that attracted unusual scrutiny by the Attorney General's Office.

By Eric Russell Staff Writer
O’Neil and Stowell were represented in the settlement by Severin Beliveau, one of Maine’s most powerful lobbyists and dealmakers..........

The settlement money gave Friends of Maine’s Mountains a boost, but much of it was used to pay debts, including to O’Neil. Even he and Stowell acknowledged that the settlement doesn’t solve their money problems in the long term.

However, O’Neil hinted that more money might be coming to Friends of Maine’s Mountains. In early March, about a week after the settlement with the Attorney General’s Office, the group dropped its appeal of the Bingham Wind Project.

Asked why, O’Neil said he couldn’t discuss it but said, “It’s going to be really good news.”


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Comment by Jim Wiegand on September 29, 2015 at 1:46pm

So what lies ahead? The Friends of Maine's Mountains get involved with stopping other wind projects only to score more paydays?  


Comment by Jim Wiegand on September 29, 2015 at 1:40pm

You know the game is being rigged because the right questions are not being asked. Under testimony the bogus experts give answers with many back doors to run out of if needed. This is why I know attorneys are in on it.  I could give  attorneys dozens and dozens of questions to smoke out the fraudsters. Yet when it really counts I am being left out of this corrupt legal process.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 29, 2015 at 12:55pm

When they give testimony before a committee they are under an assumed oath of honesty, as are all that provide such testimony. Though none seem to be penalized for the partial truths, the slanted figures or the outright lies. Such is the un-noticed corruption that is "KILLING MAINE" 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 29, 2015 at 12:52pm

As with creating our Community Ordinances based on our 2nd amendment rights, they are always stating that something is illegal, or may not hold up in a court. Yet they never offer statute or case rulings to verify. They are there to protect their jobs under Regulatory law, so that they may one day leach a few hundred thousand from the community. 

Comment by Jim Wiegand on September 29, 2015 at 12:40pm

I gave these guys the evidence to expose this industry and they could have shut down this project by exposing the industry's fraud. My emails sent would be very enlightening.



I have helped on several of these cases against wind projects and it seems that there is always a big disconnect between the lawyers what really needs to take place. My experience with lawyers is that most can not be trusted and all discussions about cases should have a 3rd party witness present to keep these guys in line.


Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 29, 2015 at 12:18pm

Maine's attempt to produce ethanol from waste became an apparent futile effort, after or during last years defeat of the MRC facility/new landfill proposal. Their current proposal has reverted back to methane capture so I am lead to believe. However I will be following this next legislative session and the Agencies on this matter as an attempt to secure expansion of Juniper Ridge has again begun with interim committee meetings, and to be followed by the Maine BEP and more committee meetings. We did get the required number of requests to force public hearings. (less that 48 hours through our network of coalition members) 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 29, 2015 at 10:20am

There is no energy gain in ethanol production of any kind. Only a recovery of energy, from what would be waste, methane gases from landfills where concentrated organics exist is a better source of ethanol at nearly twice the output. Corn Ethanol is the worst in comparison for Energy Return On Investment. It degrades the BTU output of Gasoline (HP) only surpassing Methanol in value for energy. Corn Ethanol consumes on average 26.1 lb of corn per gallon, consuming the energy needs of 9.21 people for a day.  Compilation of Research from various scientific sources compared for assessment.  Sheet 1 Columns Column F-H Row 12-17 then O through AF Shows a comparision of various fuels. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fiZaQ-YfEKV8a2wbfZtCcDto1pM...

Corn Ethanol is Farm Aid for those Corporate owned farms, Subsidized both for farming, and duplicated with Ethanol subsidies. Much like Renewables, Double Subsidies for a single product.  

Comment by Paul R. Kenyon on September 29, 2015 at 9:54am

I'm trying to figure out how this all works and how to make it go our way. Behold the corn ethanol phenomenon! In Iowa ,warning-one to candidates was/is, "Hands off the ethanol subsidy!" Here is an industry gobbling 40% of the US corn crop in a world where 1/7 of humanity doesn't get enough to eat and science tells us that there is no energy gain in the production of this ethanol and perhaps a loss, and the US is in a persistent recession...no money to lavish on a useless and corrosive/destructive, expensive, unnecessary fuel. I thought from the beginning that--and now see it happening--that a renewables industry argues for its existence because it now exists (created out of nothing)...and has created jobs. 

   How did the corn ethanol industry get so entrenched that it cannot be dislodged? How do we keep that from happening with renewables in Maine...and Vermont where I live...and everywhere else people live and love and need to protect their landscapes? I'm thinking that you are doing the right thing...that it may have nothing much to do with "the science" (which, in our case, shows that wind and PV solar do not reduce CO2 on their modern grids and, what's more, CO2 does not seem to be an important climate driver...at least, it's never driven climate in the past (so why should it be driving it now?)) and everything to do with the amount of noise we make publicly. 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 29, 2015 at 9:28am

That which was, will forever be unrepairable, as what would have naturally occurred will have been changed forever. Man can (as we know) create as many $ markers $ to represent a worth however in doing so devalues something else. If we used Nature as the currency standard rather than precious metals (to some) would we not guard it more cautiously to the point of pricelessness?

Comment by Jim Wiegand on September 29, 2015 at 12:02am

I guess a settlement with me is easily worth 100 million.  But I would rather see the wildlife so it won't ever happen.


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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 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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"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."


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