I have returned from a brief stay at Mattakeunk Lake in Lee and while I was there, I traveled out to Passadumkeag Mt., a project that should never have happened. Brief background: the opposition to this project convinced then-DEP Commissioner Patty Aho and key staff to tour the region prior to the second public meeting at the Greenbush school auditorium. The Commissioner heard hours of passionate testimony and the DEP issued a denial of the project based largely on the scenic impact on high classification Saponac Pand and the cumulative impact due to its proximity to Rollins in neighboring Burlington and Lincoln. The project owners and the landowner appealed the denial to the Board of Environmental Protection (BEP), which overturned the denial and ordered the project be issued a license. That decision was appealed to the Maine Law Court, which sided with the authority of the BEP.
The BEP hearing was a travesty. None of the BEP Commissioners had ever been in the region, yet they passed judgement. The BEP attacked the integrity of the DEP staff, who, in turn, remained polite and even, in my opinion, meek and unduly deferential. The obvious pro-wind industry bias was atrocious. I have never seen such unprofessional and totally biased behavior by any citizen board member--EVER! To read more, click here: http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/passadumkeag-destructio...
Sadly, here are photos.
The first view of the project comes just outside Burlington Village at the cemetery. I was taken by the contrast of the heinous destructive wind project with the serenity of the cemetery. RIP Passadumkeag Mt!
Further down the road from the cemetery are these views of the wind project. Passadumkeag Mt., at 1,463 ft, is the highest point of land between Cadillac Mt. on the coast and Mt. Katahdin.
Passadumkeag Mt. from Saponac Pond. Saponac Pond was an Scenic Resource of State or National Significance by virtue of being one of the 280 great ponds in the Maine Wildlands Lake Assessment designated as either “significant” or “outstanding” from a scenic perspective. The BEP decided to ruin this designation by destroying this vista.
Fishing with turbines at Saponac Pond.
The wild and scenic Passadumkeag River flows into Saponac Pond. This gives a perspective of the region that is affected by a wind power project, not just the mountain that is destroyed.
Just below the stretch of river in the prior photo, this is the Grand Falls of the Passadumkeag River that, sadly, has no protection as a scenic or natural resource. The wind industry liars maintained there would be no impact on Grand Falls. See in the last photo where just below where I took this photo of Grand Falls, you start to see the turbines. Anyone doing the lower Passadumkeag River, which flows through an incredibly rich series of wetlands protected by the Nature Conservancy, is negatively impacted by this wind power project. Another beautiful natural resource of our state destroyed by wind power.
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