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!