Dixfield Voters Approve Wind Moratorium

Voters in Dixfield voted tonight 89 to 7 to approve a (6) month wind moratorium that can be extended by the selectboard for additional 6 month increments until an acceptable wind ordinance for the town has been finalized! The previous board which had a majority of members who were pro wind actually "illegally" rejected a legal petition for a moratorium submitted by a Dixfield citizen. This has now been rectified.

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Comment by Nikki Fox on September 10, 2014 at 4:24pm

This good news is making my day, as I start to get very discouraged by what is happening in my own town of Orland.  We have passed in a citizen's petition to put to town vote to enact a moratorium, and then calls for a revisiting/revising of our Wind Facility Ordinance.  Our selectmen are stalling right now and getting guidance from MMA and the Planning Board before letting me know what they decide to do with it.  

Comment by Penny Gray on August 30, 2014 at 2:20pm

Yay!!!!!!  That's great news!

Comment by Brad Blake on August 26, 2014 at 10:08pm

Thank you, Mr. Daley, for the diligence in changing the direction of Dixfield.  A well informed public will always make the right decision.  In every town where a wind ordinance has been proposed that protects the interests of ALL citizens, it has been voted approval.  I look forward to seeing what Dixfield will do for a strong, comprehensive, protective ordinance.

Comment by Hart Daley on August 26, 2014 at 5:41pm

Dixfield is a great town and community. The major problem is there was previously a pro-wind selectboard and pro-wind Town Manager, who either misinformed the public or withheld information from the public regarding health impacts, property devaluation impacts, true tax implications, negative state appropriation impacts to the school district, lack of full time jobs, etc. They put forth a wind ordinance that was flawed, potentially illegal due to improper zoning, not in harmony with the comprehensive plan, and certainly discriminatory. WE ARE NOW TRYING TO UNDO WHAT HAS BEEN DONE through amending the previous wind ordinance and educating the general public.

Comment by Peter Beckford on August 23, 2014 at 10:07pm

Congrats Dixfield, and thanks a lot, if you can complete the task of keeping turbines out that'll be one more part of Maine I'll be able to stand being. You are saving your town so much misery. Slam the door!!!

Comment by Mike DiCenso on August 23, 2014 at 9:18pm

Maine has been accused of having a "brain drain" by the media. Obviously, their assessment does NOT apply to Dixfield. Congrats Dixfield!! The cspan show last night on the climate change conference in Vegas was interesting. The originators of climate change hysteria changed their minds when they realized their "models" and predictions were not supported by any sort of scientific methods. That also explains why nobody in the wind industry will show their sources or reveal their math so anyone could check it. I guess it is easier for most politicians to just accept wind industry baloney then to demand scientific proof which might be hard to understand.

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on August 23, 2014 at 2:06pm

Neighbor of yours who wants to lease land to a wind developer:

"I don't want anyone intruding on my property rights".


"I am piggishly selling you all out solely for my enrichment".

Comment by arthur qwenk on August 23, 2014 at 11:35am

Education of Maine continues!

Once citizens realize what Industrial Wind means to a community, it is DEAD!

Comment by Brad Blake on August 22, 2014 at 10:46pm

Here is the link to the Lewiston Sun Journal article:  http://www.sunjournal.com/news/river-valley/2014/08/21/dixfield-vot...  Way to go Dixfield!  Now pass a tough, restrictive ordinance that maintains the Quality of Place of the lovely town in the River Valley region.

Comment by Richard McDonald/Saving Maine on August 22, 2014 at 11:37am

Congratulations to Dixfield.


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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 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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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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