is the DEP slowly understanding the concept of cumulative impacts ?

hello  folks
for  those  who attended the Dixfield meeting on Saddleback  project you may remember that James  Cassida said  that after  the meeting it was  clear that the DEP would  ask for few more questions to Patriot Renewables. Following is the response from Mark Margerum to my email on this topic .
I am baffled by the last one concerning cumulative impacts :are cumulative impacts finally coming into DEP 's  assessments of wind projects ? This is certainly not part of LD 2283 !
Is common sense coming into their minds ? Is this a "calming the rebels " tactic ? You take your pick .
But is is  most annoying to see that Mark Margerum is asking the applicant whether there are any project within 8 miles of a significant scenic resource from which the saddleback project could be seen ! Does he not have access to the DEP files on Roxbury ? Is he not aware of Longfellows ,Colonel Holman mountain's projects and their location  ? Is this the job of Patriot Renewable to inform the DEP on Record Hill  location .?  etc,,,,,What would happened if Patriot Renewable would say that they are NOT aware of any other project ? would that be a comfortable answer for DEP ?\I urge any one of you interested in that question to pursue it futher with Mark Margerum .
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2011 9:14 AM
Subject: RE: Saddleback

Since the public meeting last month the applicant has proposed a new turbine blade design for the Saddleback project.  This necessitated the revision of the noise study, and updates of the visual impact and shadow flicker assessments.  These materials have been posted to the Department’s webpage on the Saddleback application, linked below.  The Department’s review of this modification will add two to three months to the processing of this application.  The Department will continue to accept public comments on all the application materials during this time.


Also since the public meeting the Department has directed four questions to the applicant, below.  When we receive the answers to these questions they will be posted to the application webpage.  We have not received the transcript of the public meeting yet, but when we do we will also post that to the webpage.


Questions directed to applicant:

Ground Water Protection:  Public comments expressed questions about measures to protect private wells from potential contamination due to the construction or operation of the project.  Ordinarily additional groundwater protection measures are detailed in the project blasting plan and the project SPCC or Spill Prevention, Containment and Countermeasures plan which are required as a condition prior to construction.  Please identify any known public or private wells or springs within 4000 feet of any turbine location, substation, or proposed blasting activity.  Please describe the measures which you are proposing to protect these wells or other wells which might be discovered in the project vicinity, including any measures which will be a part of the SPCC or blasting plans, and explain the basis for your proposals.


Fire Risk:  Public comments expressed concerns about the risk of fire originating in a turbine and causing a forest fire.  Please describe any fire history with General Electric turbines, describe any design or operational measures proposed to reduce fire risk, and describe how you would detect and respond to a fire at a turbine.


Scenic Impact:  Public comments expressed concerns about the potential cumulative impact of multiple wind energy projects being proposed in the region.  Please identify any wind projects by you or others which have been approved at the state or local level, or for which applications have been submitted, that would be within eight miles of the significant scenic resources from which the Saddleback Ridge project will be visible.  Also, please identify any projects which you are currently planning within eight miles of these significant scenic resources.


Please provide NRO-1 & 2 octave band sound power levels by windspeed for the GE 2.75-103.



Mark Margerum

Maine DEP




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Comment by alice mckay barnett on May 9, 2011 at 8:28pm

thank you monique for posting,  i have not heard from Mark Margerum of DEP for weeks.

I guess they do not have a who knows when we know.


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