On Thursday, March 21, the Board of Environmental Protection will consider whether to uphold a 2012 Department of Environmental Protection denial of an industrial-scale wind development on top of scenic Passadumkeag Mountain. The denial was based on the department’s determination that the scenic impact of the project would be unreasonably adverse. The DEP deserves credit for applying this standard in law, and the BEP should uphold this decision.
In his March 18 OpEd in the BDN, “Let Turbines Stand on Passadumkeag Mountain,” Jackson Parker says that the DEP decision “threatens to undermine Maine’s attractiveness for investors.” That may be true for a small handful of companies with a financial stake in industrial wind development, such as Reed & Reed. For thousands of other Mainers, however, the decision represents hope that our state regulators are appropriately applying the standards in law....
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