BDN - Maine Supreme Judicial Court rules appeal to stop permitted Clifton wind farm filed too late

The justices of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled that local perennial farmers Peter and Julie Beckford filed their lawsuit against Bangor developer Paul Fuller and his local partners five days too late.

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/01/01/news/bangor/maine-supreme-jud...

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 6, 2015 at 11:21am

I have heard our Attorney Janet Mills referred to as a Genocidist.

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I thought those words to be extremely strong, and possibly inappropriate. However, she seems to rule against a Way of Life,,,,,, Maine's,,,,,, whenever it seems to benefit her or her friends who are able to circumvent laws and wield power and influence with her protection. Kurt Adams accepting securities while holding office in a state agency? A bribe for insider knowledge on how to manipulate the PUC comes to mind....... An appointee holding  power to regulate corporate Greed in the public interest. Anti Trust violation ?

Maybe her rulings are in need of close independent investigation, and reversed in some cases. Holding her and those she wrongly favored fully liable to the fullest extent of the laws, both Maine and Federal.  

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 6, 2015 at 9:34am

I am not a lawyer, and try to avoid them at all times, at least for the need of their skills. It is my understanding that the Federal Supreme court was never part of the Government in its conception. It was never conceived as we were individual States after the Revolution. Each dealing with their own issues. It was not until Commerce conflicts between states laws became a problem that Businesses need a body to resolve these state differences in their laws that the U.S. Supreme Court was established. For that Sole purpose, to resolve only those issues. A company that operated only within One state, the states could resolve within the state. A company operating in two or more states, Maine could not resolve due to the varying laws of each state, thus U.S. Supreme Court would decide. Though like the Lac Megantic situation, where some portions were held in Bangor, the location was by agreement, though the application of the law may have been dictated by U.S. and Canadian federal laws. ( I may be wrong ) The accident happened in Canada, so I presume Maine got the Financial liabilities (under federal laws) and Canada got the criminal liabilities (under their federal laws) But in my uninformed opinion, Federal Law should apply for interstate commerce. Intra-state is under the jurisdiction of Maine law, unless over ruled  by Federal Statue. Any Ruling by Maine still can be taken to Federal by the Corporation if it went against them, under Interstate commerce laws.

Comment by Long Islander on January 5, 2015 at 10:50pm

"Our AG office is bought and paid for".

An investigation by Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has concluded that the state’s former chief utilities regulator, Kurt Adams, broke no laws when he accepted a job offer and securities from a prominent wind power developer while still head of his agency.

http://pinetreewatchdog.org/adams-investigation-finds-no-conflict/

Comment by Martha thacker on January 5, 2015 at 10:47pm

Eric

"Though this issue may be or seem to be between to entities within Maine and resolvable within our State Court, if the Developer has any dealings with others outside the State, should this not be a Supreme Court Issue on a Federal level? "

I may have the  name wrong , but Renewable Energy Credits are sold from state to state. But when there was a case against Iso New England brought by Richard Blumenthal, from Conn. , it went to the Supreme Court and was lost. It was for over a million dollars worth of energy charged to New Englanders for nothing. No energy was produced. I called his office a few times and was told it came out of NY...the energy that was just on paper. Always suspected it was Cohocton wind farm.  Don't really think that we could even get a fair hearing in ME and of course not at the Supreme Court level due to this case.

Our AG office is bought and paid for.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 3, 2015 at 3:22pm

What could go wrong? We stop fighting..... ;)

Comment by Martha thacker on January 3, 2015 at 3:06pm

Long Islander

"But now - in 2015 - those tax breaks have just expired again, "

This looks good to me. Republican House and Senate. What could go wrong? 

Comment by alice mckay barnett on January 3, 2015 at 12:23pm

so much for America again.   Tuttle is right.  Wind is interstate commerce and a federal court should hear the case.  Can the decision be appealed?

Comment by Long Islander on January 3, 2015 at 11:49am

From a few hours ago on MPBN, Mrs. Maine Today Media, US Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, wife of S. Donald Sussman

"But now - in 2015 - those tax breaks have just expired again, and Congress will have to decide whether to extend them for yet another year. Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, of Maine, says it's not a good way to make tax policy.

"That’s critical tax credits for things like wind energy developers and people in our state who just need to know what their investments in the future are going to look like," Pingree says, "and this uncertainty is just bad for the business."

http://news.mpbn.net/post/will-congress-tackle-tax-reform-2015-maybe

Comment by Long Islander on January 3, 2015 at 11:32am

"And there is a reason that our state newspapers and tv stations do not tell the truth. It is not lazy journalists either".

Portland Press Herald Owner Incubated D.E. Shaw (Half owner of First Wind)

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/majority-owner-of-portl...

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 3, 2015 at 10:39am

I may be off base here, but have we lost control of our courts as well?

Courts are NOT suppose to interpret the law to suit anyones needs, nor corporations, nor governments. They are suppose to rule on what the current "Laws Are". This is how a Republic stands strong. Only through Democracy are the laws of this Republic to allowed or meant to change. Had this been enforced back when our nation was formed, we would not be in this mess today. Our Forefathers (and mothers) realized that a Republic once created was like a ROCK. Unchangeable. Thus the Bill of Rights was created allowing Democracy to exist for that purpose. State Courts were meant to handle issues within the state and did so. It was not until Interstate commerce started and states laws varied that the Supreme Court was established to handle "Only Issues" that varied between the states. Though this issue may be or seem to be between to entities within Maine and resolvable within our State Court, if the Developer has any dealings with others outside the State, should this not be a Supreme Court Issue on a Federal level? This is Interstate Commerce in the eventual end. If the Power generated were to remain "Only" in Maine, then Maine Courts would have the final say.  

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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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