Massachusetts Town Folk to pay $14 million to Tear Down Two Wind Turbines - Making People Sick

UPDATE at 12:30PM:

Hi again all,
You can listen to the 3:41 minute radio report about the town of Falmouth, MA voting to take down two 400 foot wind turbines by clicking on the link below.

And my error, the cost to take down these two turbines is $14 million, not the measly $12 million I stated in my prior email to you. Progressive Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod is actually holding a vote on this matter next week. It sounds like a majority is eager to reverse this debacle at a cost of $800 per taxpayer over ten years.

Help save Maine's mountains from this hugely destructive, very costly industrial wind scam. Protect our natural heritage, our forests and wildlife, our fellow citizens. Save the heart and soul of what makes Maine special. Please do your part, spread the word and after you listen....

Share this WGBH-NPR radio report widely:
Bob Goldman
South Portland

Hi Maine mountain friends,

This morning on MPBN radio at about 8:30 AM, they reported on two 400' wind turbines that the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts (on Cape Cod) had erected within their border not long ago. 

The townspeople were enthusiastic to do their part in tackling global warming....

But... within 20 minutes of them being turned on a couple of years ago, one big supporter who lived 1,300 feet away from the turbines called the town to say he was feeling sick. Lots of his fellow citizens from much further away, called the town offices, too. They wanted the turbines turned off. 

The town has tried running them only at certain hours, not at night, not when it's too windy, etc, but after lots of experimenting, the town and townspeople of progressive Falmouth, Massachusetts have had enough.

The townspeople just voted to spend the $12 million!! to take these monstrosities down. Two turbines taken down = $12 million. It will cost each taxpayer in town $800 over ten years but they are willing to do it. They can't wait to be done with this debacle.

One resident stated clearly that he knows we must address climate change now but we must do it with solutions that work and that do not make people sick and the places we live uninhabitable and so damaged that it hurts to have done it to begin with.

Fascinating. Save our beautiful mountains, protect our rural citizens, our trees, ridge-lines, wildlife, waters, our visitor-based economy, our soul, our natural heritage.  Spread the word about this radio report. Save Maine from this hugely wasteful, greed-driven and massively destructive scam.
Bob Goldman
South Portland

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Comment by Long Islander on May 19, 2013 at 9:30am

Mike - these are the most irresponsible nauseating humans I've ever personally dealt with. There is a special place for these lying thieves. And the so called enviro groups who endorse them for pay are worse.

Comment by Mike DiCenso on May 19, 2013 at 6:47am

Long Islander...I think the Rollins project had plans to remove the cement 1 foot below the surface, if it ever was decommissioned. They never intended to remove all the concrete. I suppose they would just dump 1 foot of gravel on top instead of remove concrete anyway, if they would even do that. It would be easier for them to go to court and claim no knowledge of ownership or some loophole so they could just walk away , which was their master plan in the first place.

Comment by Martha thacker on May 18, 2013 at 1:24pm


16,000 sounds low. First Wind, at first anyway,  used to be required to have the money to remove the turbines before the wind farms could be built. I am surprised , or maybe not that towns have to pay for them. But in reality , every wind farm is different..i.e. because Stetson I and II are in unorganized territory , there were no such perks like other wind farms. Like Mars Hill's fire dept. receiving 5,000 for their fire dept. At Stetson , there is only a volunteer fire dept. . Guess LURC was easier to bargain with than other townships.

Comment by Penny Gray on May 18, 2013 at 9:19am

Why not sell one of the Falmouth turbines at half price to TransCanada to replace the turbine that burned up at Kibby this winter? And didn't one of the Maine wind developers (was it First Wind?) budget sixteen thousand per turbine as their dismantling cost?  They should be in on the Falmouth bidding!  Jobs, jobs, jobs!

Comment by Allen Barrette on May 18, 2013 at 5:52am

It does not cost 14 million to remove two turbines.They are marking the job up just like the thieves they are. My bid on this is 3 sticks of dynamite to implode each tower everything from that point gets recycled even the rotors can be reused. Composite material is recyclable So where do they come up with 14 million. Where is the original estimate?  

Comment by Martha thacker on May 17, 2013 at 7:38pm

And, another problem with wind farms, the turbines aren't lasting 20 years. From Cohocton wind watch.

"Mr. Sullivan used the wind industry’s 20-year life expectancy claim when equating that these giant, property-value-trashing, bird Cuisinarts can never pay for themselves. The inconvenient truth exposed in another report, however, says that, “turbines last only half of what the wind industry originally claimed,” making the fact that they can never pay for themselves even more evident. "


Comment by Long Islander on May 17, 2013 at 3:11pm

I wonder if wind companies generally remove the concrete or whether they just cover it up.

How would you feel with a mouthful of fillings and then learned you never had any cavities in the first place?  If mountains, ridge tops and farm fields could feel, that's how they'd feel.

Comment by Penny Melko on May 17, 2013 at 2:48pm

Here is a recent LA Times article about Terragen wind developer to be allowed to kill the ancient and endangered California condors. I'm so angry I see red. I'm thinking of throwing my shoes at the CEO the next time he goes to the hearing podium to speak. This company and their people are pantloads.

Additionally, a company that plans to build Luxury Homes right in the middle of California condor habitat at the Tejon Ranch will be allowed to harrass and kill condors. Fish and Wildlife Services has approved these atrocities. What is really sick is that Audubon, Sierra Club, ABC Birds or Wildlife Society (?) - none have come forward to protest this. Neither have the Scientists who brought them back from extinction. I've tried to reach them and not one of them them returned a call. Hey, they got their fame and speaking engagements as life retirement bonuses why compomise the money for the birds, right? 

It's time to take FWS down as a government agency. They belong in the toilet, not getting paid to gut the endangered species act.

Comment by Sue Borko on May 17, 2013 at 2:28pm

Just to clarify, the vote will take place May 21 and the price tag quoted in the article to remove the turbines would be between $5-$15 million.  What a fiasco!  

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on May 17, 2013 at 2:11pm

we know sadly it goes all the way up to our President allowing the murder of eagles and not blinking an eye.


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(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 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?" 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.”

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