Listen today LIVE at EUT work session discussion on LD 1750, An Act to "amend the administrative procedure and to clarify Maine wind energy law".
The EUT committee can postpone, table, adjourn - but the fight never stops and more and more people are aware of the game this committee has been playing ignoring the grievances of Maine citizens regarding industrial wind power and failing to answer specific questions concerning the false premises and promises of wind power.
This despicable bill proposed by Senator Alfond and his cronies in the wind industry would push ahead wind projects with minimal scrutiny.
The bill requires that "all agencies may only consider the testimonies of qualified experts, data gathered by objective and reliable means, and testimony and other evidence supported by independent confirmation of reliability". In other words muzzle the public - preventing the DEP from hearing the testimony of regular citizens, and relying solely on the "experts" representing the wind industry.
When LD 2283, the infamous "Wind Act", was passed in February 2008, the public had the right to appeal both to the DEP and the Law Court and appeal they did. Outraged citizens have appealed almost every wind project permit. This has delayed wind projects and stymied the industry, which thought LD 2283 had skids where greased for rapid deployment of turbines throughout the "expedited permit area".
In March 2009 a bill called LD 199 "An Act to Facilitate Wind Power" was proposed. Wind power was already Expedited through LD 2283 but "expedited" was not enough for the wind industry - they needed to be "facilitated" as well! LD 199 sought to remove the right towns to self determination. Town plans, zoning ordinances and the ability to vote on wind projects were outlawed for wind projects! Homerule, the cornerstone of New England democracy, was under attack by the wind industry. The DEP and the Maine Municipal Association testified against it. Citizens from all over the state turned out in force, and the bill was killed in committee.
Now the wind industry and their favorite politicians are taking another approach to facilitate wind power : LD 1750!!!
Please email, and/or call the EUT committee members and oppose that bill.
LISTEN LIVE AT 1:30 pm, LIKE ALWAYS THIS BILL COULD BE DEBATED MUCH LATER IN THE AFTERNOON