Date set for Oral Arguments in BOWERS Supreme Court appeal

The State Supreme Court has decided it wants to hear oral arguments before ruling on Champlain Wind's (First Wind's) appeal of the Bowers project denial.

Appellant Champlain, Appellee DEP/BEP, PPDLW and the Conservation Law Foundation will each be allowed a few minutes to present. Each presentation will be followed by questions from the Justices. There will not be an opportunity for the public to speak and the Court will not accept any letters from the public. 

The Justices will not, can not, be swayed by public opinion. This is a purely legal issue at this point. At the same time, having a group of Bowers opponents present can't hurt. In fact, it would show First Wind/SunEdison that we are pitbulls who will not give up.

I hope some of you can attend. Click herefor directions and parking information. Our case comes up promptly at 2:10pm and will last 50 minutes or less. There's no way to know how long the Justices will deliberate and write their final ruling. It may be weeks, it may be months.

Sincere thanks to those of you who have stuck with us all these years. Your loyalty and perseverance is inspiring.

Gary Campbell

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Comment by Brad Blake on February 27, 2015 at 9:18am

I have marked my calendar!  Folks, the "shoe is on the other foot" this time.  Now the wind thieves and their cronies are appealing.  It will be interesting to see if the Law Court also adheres to their "intent of the Legislature" foundation for all of the denials of appeals the citizens' groups have brought.  This is a Law Court hearing you MUST attend and I encourage you to do so! 

Comment by Penny Gray on February 24, 2015 at 11:33am

Thank you for posting, I've marked my calendar.

Comment by Kevin Gurall on February 23, 2015 at 11:18pm

I see a light at the end of what has been a very, very long 'tunnel'.  Hard to believe that we've been at this for 5 years now. From the original request to re-classify Kossuth into the expedited zone, through the strenuous LURC process with all it's drama, then a way too brief recess in the process until First Wind filed a "new plan" knowing it would now be DEP making the calls.  On through the extensive DEP process, and a BEP appeals process ....  we were victorious at each.   Now this nuisance appeal filed by Juliet Browne on behalf of First Wind.  Maybe, just maybe we're finally at the end of the process.  As the senior PPDLW Board Member, I'd like to join Gary in thanking everyone who has helped in any way towards our efforts to save the Downeast Lakes eco-system from the proposed rape of it's character and natural beauty.  This watershed and view shed must be preserved for future generations of land owners, canoe/kayak padlers, sportsmen and women, a fifth generation of Maine Guides, and the area's historic lodges and sporting camps that contribute significantly to this rural area's economy.  Think positive and follow this project to it's end.  Wooden stakes and mallets available as needed!

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/

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(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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