Fw: Bowers Mt. DENIAL upheld by BEP

Downeast Grand Lakes Saved
by 4-1 BEP Vote to uphold the DENIAL
of Bowers Mt. wind project
Photo of Bowers Mt courtesy of PPDLW
Today, meeting in Augusta, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection voted 4-1 to uphold the denial of First Wind's Bowers Mt. Project that would have an adverse scenic impact on 8 of the Downeast Grand Lakes, a national treasure. First Wind will likely appeal to the Law Court, but if precedent prevails, the court will uphold the BEP decision. I attended the meeting and it was clear that the BEP was having none of the last minute attempt by First Wind attorney Juliet Brown to seek a remanding of the decision to deny to enable First Wind to come back with a scaled back project. After dealing with that matter, the Board wasted little time in approving the draft order that upholds the DEP denial of this project. Special thanks to Gary Campbell, the leader of the Partnership for the Preservation of the Downeast Lakes Watershed for the excellent job he did in representing the citizens' side of the issues throughout the proceedings.
Score a victory for Maine!

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Comment by Brad Blake on June 8, 2014 at 1:04am

This describes the PPDLW: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

Comment by K Campbell on June 5, 2014 at 6:35pm

Congratulations to all who wrote letters, sent e-mails, testified at all the hearings, attended hearings and meetings. Every single action you took has made a huge huge difference.

 

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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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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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