BDN - Maine coastal villagers say cables from offshore wind project will wreck their way of life

“Fishing, both ground fishing and lobster fishing is the concern over and over,” Blum said, who also raised concerns about negative impacts on tourism. “That is the only other way we make a living here … and I mean unless I’m missing something, I don’t think tourists come to look at electrical infrastructure and substations.”

PORT said that if town officials don’t take steps to prevent the project from coming ashore in St. George, they will strive to force a public vote to bar the cables from coming ashore in their communities.

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/10/16/business/maine-coastal-villag...

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Opponents Seek To Block Wind Power Project Off Monhegan Island

Evy Blum, of the Preserve Our Remarkable Town, a group opposed to the project, said many St. George residents fear that siting the 576-foot high floating turbines off the island will negatively impact local fishing grounds and the region's tourism industry.

http://mainepublic.org/post/opponents-seek-block-wind-power-project...

FACEBOOK -  Preserve Our Remarkable Town:

https://www.facebook.com/PORTStGeorge/

WEBSITE - Preserve Our Remarkable Town:

https://evelyn-blum-lg4f.squarespace.com/about/

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Comment by Frank Haggerty on October 17, 2017 at 6:18pm
Brad Blake talks about the wind turbine industry in Maine (2015) advocating sound approaches to Maine's energy policy. Worth listening 

http://www.boxtalkradio.com/BTR01242015Adone.mp3

Comment by Brad Blake on October 17, 2017 at 5:45pm

The website link for the St. George group is:  https://www.portstgeorgeme.com/

Comment by Frank Haggerty on October 17, 2017 at 3:55pm

Wind turbines are taking health, property rights and now lives : 

A Florida, Massachusetts resident died Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at his home. 

The resident was unable to leave the property he loved. Wind development destroyed his peace and tranquility. 

His suicide should have been prevented if the DEP, BOH AG, governor, ... intervened to protect public health. 

He was tormented by the wind turbine demons: audible and inaudible (infra-sound). 

His last words to friends; "I can't take it anymore, I don't know what to do, ... something must change". He died alone on a cold winter night at one of his favorite places beneath those damn wind turbines.

 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on October 17, 2017 at 1:19pm

When? When will our Legislators get the message? Maine has always been about conserving its Natural treasures while trying to eek out a living via its sustainable resources. Tourism being one of its livelihoods has always depended upon the natural appearance that must maintain a balance of sustainable resources. Massive "Wind Turbines" littering the landscape, like plastic bags in the trees are a detraction as are Solar Farms with their massive occupation of tillable food producing soil, or the deforestation for both in the aftermath of BioMass fueling by the three to serve the energy glut of Southern New England. Not that Southern New England itself is to blame, as what we in the Rural north of NY, VT, NH, ME produce only allows more to flow across the Eastern Grid. Now that the first generation of these Green Scheme Machines heads to a close comes the concern for disposal of the now brown carcasses of a now increasing number of End Of Life issue of proper disposal under the Democrat sought and fought for Regulations. Will they want to bury them where they stand, or will they recycle what is profitable and let lay in waste in place that which can not be, in hiding from all so see in these once forested lands amongst the remaining trees. Or will they forever be viewed like scars of a Pox from above, patches of land that Nature can not love. The long term gain for Maine and the others are to preserve for the future through conservation. When will our legislators learn? Not until it becomes their concern. When? When will the majority of the communities act with common sense and Become Informed so as to protect their community? 

Comment by Frank Haggerty on October 17, 2017 at 12:49pm

Moratorium needed on ocean wind turbine construction until NOAA completes investigation into whale deaths -NOW

Since the illegal installations of two commercial wind turbines starting in 2010 the states claims its OK to torture  residential home owners to “protect the environment.”

Ecofascism is a totalitarian government that requires individuals to sacrifice their interests to the well-being and glory of the majority. Its only intention is to fleece you out of your health, hard earned money and property why all the while telling you it is good for you.

Time to stop the insanity ..........

We can and will. All of us (aka) the good people of the world. If we can't save the Whales than we are all going to perish. Let's start by demanding a full investigation into this travesty it's about time the U.N. did something positive for a change. Please share if you agree.

Comment by Willem Post on October 17, 2017 at 10:06am
Comment by Eskutassis on October 16, 2017 at 9:55pm

Brad, you could also add the the LF sound waves seem to be causing problems for whales along the Eastern Coast. Though they are not a cash product like lobsters, they generate revenue with whale watches and are an endangered species. When I fished on Stellwagen Bank in my fishing boat years ago, the whales (humpback, minke and fin back) would frequently approach your boat just to check you out. It was IMPERATIVE you shut down your boat and sit there until they leave. One day I spent more than 7 hours drifting while whales, up to seven or eight of them, three times the size of my boat, sat as close to me and my family as 6 feet. I never felt any danger, but the law is clear . . . . you may not move! This is just another incidence of wind power being chosen over the laws of real nature protection like with the Bald and Golden Eagles, also endangered and protected.

These lying cretins are going to come up with more and more stories of how these systems are harmless to the environment and every voice has to be raised against them. We who have lived with the nightmare of wind towers know the truth and have all the proof we need to give the poor dupes the information they need to fight this tooth and nail. 

Comment by Penny Gray on October 16, 2017 at 6:50pm

This project should be moved to Norway.  I'm sure their taxpayers would help fund it, and it would definitely be a better place for floating turbines than Maine.  UMaine can experiment on their fisheries and wildlife.

Comment by Brad Blake on October 16, 2017 at 6:36pm

I am pleased to see the folks in the area working to stop this project.  One important consideration that I did not see on the website was the potential deleterious effects of Low Frequency sound waves emanating from wind turbines on lobster larvae.  If the lobster fishermen and women get riled up, it will be a daunting constituency against the project and they would likely gain widespread public support, as lobster is sacrosanct in Maine.  I sent this message to them:

"A salient point being overlooked that could be critical to the fight, not only against AV project, but against the push to carpet the Gulf of Maine eventually with hundreds of wind turbines (Dagher, et al) is the emission of low frequency sound waves (LF).  It is well documented that wind turbines emit this and also well documented that LF waves penetrate solid materials (walls of people's homes) and water.  There are such deleterious effects of LF that it is heavily regulated by OSHA.  Yet the wind industry has so far avoided any regulation of LF sound waves.  I personally have experienced a health incident as a result of the LF waves emanating from the turbines at the Rollins project in Lincoln, Maine while doing photodocumentation for the Citizen's Task Force on Wind Power.

Here is the concern for lobster fishermen and women.  It is a scientific facts that during the larvae stage of a lobster's life they float freely through the water column until settling to the bottom for their lifetime.  Huge numbers of larvae are consumed by predators.  Do the remaining larvae stock need to be subjected to assault by LF sound waves?  To my knowledge, there is no research done on the effects of LF on lobster or any small delicate larvae scale creatures.  Could the LF impact on lobster larvae be similar to documented phenomenon known as bat barotrauma whereby change of pressure from wind turbines on land explode the lungs of bats, thus killing them?  Lobster fishermen need to raise this point vociferously and demand that this project not go forward unless a research project on the impact of LF be conducted and the results show conclusively that there cannot possibly be damage to lobster larvae.  As many challenges as faced by the lobster industry, the potential damage to future lobster stock by the proliferation of wind turbines may dwarf all others in importance if wind turbine generated LF sound waves severely damage lobsters in the larvae stage of life."

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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

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(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 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From 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?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From 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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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