It's taken 10 years but decision makers are starting to take a bold stand against the scourge of industrial wind.
The legislators and county commissioners referenced in the article below have taken a strong stand and should be applauded for their support. The Moosehead region is working very hard to try and stop development – fighting multiple developers and CMP - not any easy task.
Legislators, county commissioners and business owners fear ridge line development will be "a death sentence" to the regional economy.
The PRESS HERALD version of article, is edited and watered down, for example, the PPH version omits several paragraphs such as:
"The board also noted the potential impact on ridgeline aquifers from “blasting to create 60-foot craters” for wind turbine ground pads, the permanent disruption to wildlife habitat and the devastation to the regional tourist economy.
A 2015 regional tourism impact study found that visits to the Moosehead region generated $979 million in tourism dollars that year, with the Piscataquis County side of the region seeing $712 million in year-round sales, commissioners wrote.
“That is serious money for a sparsely populated area in Maine’s most rural county,” they said.
The irony of this proposed development, commissioners said, is that while the Moosehead Lake area will experience the negative consequences of industrial-scale wind power, all of the electricity generated by Somerset Wind will be sent out of state to benefit places that have fought to keep wind turbines out of their own states."
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