Last spring, after the state Legislature rejected a bill that could have resulted in a wind farm being constructed on two undeveloped mountains in Redington Township, a lot of people in western Maine, figuring the controversial project was finally dead, expressed their joy by doing the chicken dance in the streets.
You could be excused for concluding that a lot of people in western Maine are damn fools. Although, to be fair, they came by their foolishness (at least, the part not involving the chicken dance) in understandable fashion.
In recent years, the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) has twice rejected plans by developer Harley Lee to put turbines on Black Nubble and Redington peaks, in sight of the Appalachian Trail and Sugarloaf ski resort.
Soon after, Gov. John Baldacci's special task force on expediting wind-power proposals decided those two mountains were inappropriate locations for such towers.
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