The RoxWInd small-scale wind project was approved July 26, 2019. Interested parties have until August 2 to comment.

My Comments :

STATEMENT : "The Department finds that a formal deed restriction of the meadow buffers is not necessary since any future development on the buffer areas is very unlikely due to their adjacency to the wind turbines, "

RESPONSE : This appears to admit real estate sales are very much influenced negatively by proximity to wind turbines.

STATEMENT : "Additionally, the following minor adjustments may be made upon prior approval by the third-party inspector or the Department, and do not require a revision or modification of the permit but must be reflected in the final as-built drawings: minor changes that do not increase overall project impacts or project footprint and which, for any new areas of impact, have been surveyed for potential impacts to environmental resources and do not impact any protected natural resources, and do not affect other landowners. These changes include adjustments to horizontal or vertical road geometry that do not result in changes to the stormwater management plan; a shift of up to 100 feet in a turbine clearing area; and adjustments to drainage culvert locations based on field topography."

RESPONSE : It appears the Department is allowing an after the fact footprint area increase to correct an insufficient design.The slopes proposed are too steep and should be addressed before construction, not during or after construction.

STATEMENT : "In response to concerns regarding steep slopes in certain areas along deep cuts that will be needed for the access road, the applicant proposes to construct a “boulder fence” along the top of the cut between Turbines #2 and #3, where the cut is the deepest. The boulder fence will consist of large boulders ranging in size from 0.75 cubic yards to 1.5 cubic yards spaced at eight-foot intervals. The third-party inspector may require additional areas to be similarly protected if road construction results in steep, dangerous slopes."

RESPONSE : Loading several tons of boulders along the top of a steep cut sounds real safe. How much thought was used in assessing this situation ?

STATEMENT :" Based on the evidence in the record, the Department finds that the combination of an annually-maintained trail and a high amount of human traffic are not compatible with a remote area without human influence."

RESPONSE : Moral of this statement : Don't advertise nearby areas as attractive which might lead to successfully giving many people enjoyment because the Department feels these areas are not attractive once enjoyed by many.

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Comment by Stephen Littlefield on July 29, 2019 at 10:11am

So big wind has DEP giving them cover as they leave land owners holding worthless land that are in the setback perimeter! Nice play by the paid off officials! If the land is within the setback perimeter then the developers should be required to purchase said land, if you make it worthless you are responsible for the value forfeiture!  The DEP should be examined for this failure of responsibility! More corruption with the Mills regime playing bobblehead to the Baldacci contingent!

Comment by Long Islander on July 28, 2019 at 11:05am

Baldacci Comrade and Possibly Ex-First Winder May be Plotting New Wind Turbines Near Record Hill

Comment by Dan McKay on July 28, 2019 at 8:07am


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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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."

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