BDN - Monhegan Island residents ask developers to move offshore wind project

Travis Dow, a spokesman for the newly formed group, Protect Monhegan, said the two proposed 600-foot tall turbines would do irreparable harm to the island community.

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 2, 2016 at 1:10pm

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Eric A. Tuttle • 5 minutes ago
If my information is correct, they do not wish to move Wind further out to sea as that could place them in the way of Oil Exploration off the coast of Maine or future drilling rigs.,+ME/@44.0311497,-69.9191...

streamweaver • 19 hours ago
Putting a wind project so close to Monhegan is incredibly short-sighted. If this project really is a done-deal, I hope someone is collecting loads of tourism data now so it can be compared to after the project is built. You can't expect the wind promoters to do it because they KNOW their projects ruin local economies. Wake up, Maine!

Patten_Pete streamweaver • 17 hours ago

Property values as well.
grumpygrampy • 19 hours ago
Those that want wind power think it is a great idea, as long as it is in someone else's back yard.

Patten_Pete • 19 hours ago
Move it right in front of Angus King's oceanfront home.

arthur123 • 18 hours ago
Lock arms and kick them the heck out. They are scoundrels and thieves with your lives property and civil rights. You know what your bill of rights are don't you? Use them !. You are dealing with subsidized parasites who respect no one and nothing other than green $$$.
Ron_Huber • 2 hours ago
This is why I sued Dept of Conservation back in 2010 about their decision to site the offshore wind site off Monhegan. Didn't win, but take a look at the filings to see how then-superior court judge Hjelm arrived at his decision to allow them to go ahead with the off-Monhegan location.

Ron_Huber • an hour ago
"..Speaking for the university, Jake Ward said a number of Monhegan residents support the project and that re-siting the turbines is not an option at this point."

What Jake means is that if the project is moved out to federal waters, it will have to comply with much more stringent standards than the Maine govt is making them meet.

For example, while the lobster cove beach has a tremendous vista into the Gulf of Maine, misty islands in the distance, blue/grey horizons and all, with the vista endlessly painted since the 19th century, the state has ruled it is NOT a high quality enough view to bother protecting - even though it meets every requirement for listing as a high value scenic asset. Why? Because a little state report written decades ago to list the most scenic places in Maine doesn't include that vista. The List is immutable in the minds of state regulators and cannot be expanded. (That needs a bit of legislative looking into!)

But, as noted above if Dr. Dagher and friends moved the floating wind mills project into federal waters , they'd have to need standards that are much more protective of nature and natural views than Maine's. and a process that can be more open to the public than Maine's too.

Clownz of Maine • 17 hours ago
Good luck with Asking !

Penny Gray • 18 hours ago
This project should be located right off Portland harbor where the people want to see the turbines. Monhegan was a foolish location to begin with. Why can't the project be moved? Aren't these floating turbines? Can't they float south?

Straight_To_The_Comments • 18 hours ago
Went down to Block Island recently where they just put up three wind turbines directly in the middle of one of their most scenic views. I was told by a number of locals that it has impacted tourism which is their life blood.


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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 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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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

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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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