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The attached letter written by Brian Raynes appears in the current edition of the Houlton Pioneer-Times and provides interesting insights into First Wind activities in southern Aroostook County.


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Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on November 17, 2011 at 3:01pm

yes Brian definitely opposed them and understands them well- it is good to find his public comments and anything else public about his case because he, like many, has been silenced and quite understandable for the fight he put up which I did not even know about though I had heard his name thrown around- so Powers went for the health issue, not sure what he went for but he told me it was on public record so I would like to know..we HAVE to do what we can to hold these sneaky people at bay even tho they still have that first permit to fall back on..pray for their funds, which are given by a government that is in huge debt so are using our taxpaying dollars, run OUT so NO turbines tear up our hills and ruin our lakes and wildlife- as well as our human quality of life- Oh Oakfield why were you not one of the SMART ones with a wind ordinance? Free $ is never free.

Comment by Ron Huber on September 3, 2010 at 4:52pm
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Comment by Long Islander on June 28, 2010 at 5:49pm
Mars Hill wind turbine project health effects: Pilot Study results
May 6, 2010 by Michael A. Nissenbaum M.D.
Comment by Long Islander on April 3, 2010 at 11:29pm
Date: March 31, 2010
Contact: Shannon Andrea, NPCA Director of Media Relations P: 202-454-3371; C: 202-365-5912
Anne Trenolone, NPCA Media Relations, 202-454-3332

New Study Highlights Challenges Facing the Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The impacts of Appalachian Trail State of the Parks 3-31-10.pdfwind-energy developments are not limited solely to aesthetic considerations such as undeveloped scenic vistas. These developments often include high-grade access roads in fragile, high-elevation terrain, outbuildings, and transmission lines. They adversely affect soils (e.g., increase erosion or compaction), vegetation (e.g., facilitate the spread of invasive non-native plants), and wildlife (e.g., harm migratory birds and bats that collide with blades). A.T. managers opposed Maine Mountain Power’s proposal to build 30 400-foot wind turbines adjacent to the A.T. corridor on the ridges of Redington and Black Nubble Mountains, some within one mile of especially remote and scenic sections of the Appalachian Trail. The Maine Appalachian Trail Club, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the National Park Service also opposed this development and were instrumental in blocking the project. Eventually the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission rejected the project in 2007 and has upheld this decision several times. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Park Service would like to see improved siting criteria in states where wind energy appears to be viable as well as on federal lands, such as national forests, where landscapes bordering the A.T. or other sensitive resources might be excluded.
Comment by Long Islander on March 10, 2010 at 2:01pm
I often wonder about NRCM. My guess is that they have some very dedicated members whose hearts are in the right place. But the history of the modern day environmental movement is one of well intentioned organizations morphing into, well, different organizations. Look at the Nature Conservancy (TNC). From their humble beginnings preserving the immensely beautiful Mianus River Gorge on the Bedford,NY Greenwich, Ct, border they have become a huge corporation and according to many, a huge greenwasher infiltrated by corporate money that lends its seal of approval to some unsavory corporate projects. The Washington Post did a watershed expose of "Big Green" (TNC) several years ago.
I don't know what is up with NRCM. I believe they agreed to some immense "mitigation payments" and that's a whole other discussion. For what is mitigation? For me, mitigation is I throw a bag of garbage out the car window on the Golden Road and when the hiding trooper pulls me over, I show him my TNC certificate of owning a TNC-preserved acre in Costa Rica and he lets me go with an apology. "So sorry sir, and please feel free to throw as much garbage here as you like" My deepest apologies".
These are hard economic times and I would have to believe many non-profits have seen their normal charitable donations from well intentioned individuals go down. I do not know if this is the case with NRCM. It just seems that if organizations are faced with cutting back and laying off staff, the siren song of corporate greenwashing money could become harder to resist. Again, I have no idea what is going on with NRCM. I'd like to believe that they simply hastily embraced the rush to industrial wind power as a reaction to their global warming concerns - without truly thinking it through. If I were a betting man, I'd say there are a small handful of staunch industrial wind pushers within their organization who may not be giving everyone else there all the facts - and there are likely some real skeptics. But again, I am just conjecturing. Does anyone know?
Comment by Art Brigades on March 10, 2010 at 9:38am
This is good stuff. Have you heard from NRCM? Maybe their members will start to quit that organization and join here. Didn't NRCM get a six-figure hush-check from the Kibby wind project?
Comment by Long Islander on March 9, 2010 at 7:23pm
Maine’s Wind Goals, CO2 and the Forest NRCM has published figures on CO2 emissions avoided by select Maine wind farms. Then, to show that the clearcuts and clearing needed for these complexes, their roads and transmission lines should not be seen as significant, they also provide figures on how many acres of forest capture the same amount of CO2 as the CO2 emissions avoided by the turbines. The following document uses the NRCM's own figures to demonstrate that all the envisioned wind farms produce major degradation for wholly minor effect on CO2 reductions. Think about it NRCM. What are you doing? Maine's Wind Goals, CO2 and the Forest.pps
Comment by Long Islander on February 24, 2010 at 10:48pm
Here is a letter from UMPI president Donald Zillman on the $2 million UMPI wind turbine. It is new to the website. Their turbine site is An article from the BDN dated nine months ago (May 15, 2009), when the turbine was commissioned, can be found at: UMPI_Wind_Turbine_what-we-know-after-six-months-of-turbine-data.pdf
Comment by Long Islander on February 9, 2010 at 12:24pm
For immediate release, February 9, 2010
Legislators decline to protect Mainers
from health impact of wind turbines fm10-001 ammendment PR1.pdf
Comment by Long Islander on January 31, 2010 at 11:32pm
"For most of the time that she has been working on the book, Carolyn Chute has also been greatly occupied with an organization called the 2nd Maine Militia, of which she is the founder and, as she says, “secretary of offense, or offensiveness.” The 2nd Maine Militia, or Your Wicked Good Militia, as it’s sometimes known, is progun, against corporate lobbying and campaign contributions, and opposed to tax subsidies for big business. In 1996, in an incident recreated in “The School on Heart’s Content Road,” the militia invaded the State Capitol in Augusta, carrying placards that read, “Smash Corporate Tyranny.” Many of the militia children were in costume, and Mr. Chute wore a Revolutionary War uniform. There were some kazoo-playing and a little shouting, and someone duct-taped a piece of cardboard over a portrait of Joshua Chamberlain, the Maine governor and Civil War hero. The 2nd Maine Militia is a no-wing organization, Ms. Chute likes to say, with a membership that is “very right, very left and very shy.” At the first meeting, in the mid-’90s, she explained: “We had libertarians, greens, guys in camo, white supremacists, hippies off the land, anarchists, people from Communist organizations. All these people were people that someone had tried to take something away from. They all knew something was wrong.”
Carolyn Chute.pdf

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"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."


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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 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?" 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.”

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