PPH - Maine Appalachian Trail Groups Agree to Support New England's Biggest Wind Installation When $700,000 is Introduced

Posted: February 18
Updated: Today at 12:10 AM
 

Maine wind project wins support of conservation groups

They drop opposition after the company proposing the project creates a $700,000 land fund.

By Kaitlin Schroeder 

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Wind_project_wins_support_of_conser...

And a similar article in the Bangor Daily News at: http://bangordailynews.com/2014/02/18/business/first-wind-partners-...

And here's one that made papers around the U.S., but not yet in Maine:

Maine gov. pushes back against wind energy bill

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 27, 2015 at 10:40am

For years people will say "I heard AMC took a $700,000 payoff to support Bingham…" And for years to come they will still be looking for those jobs from those promises. The forests having been excessively raped for many years time and time again has lead to the loss of these jobs and consuming corporations of those resources. Careful management and selective harvesting in a gradual manner would have sustained those jobs. In those Years into our future they will look back and wonder if Maine was a destitute state and wonder what conditions existed that allowed these destructions. Though it was never a consensus of Maine's people, or an option of closeness, hopefully there will be a record of permanent standing that will show some objected, but took little action when allowed. A record that shows Money was the voice, also inclusive of ALL the names of the Actors and participants in this resulting Maine, once vacationland, now wasteland.  

Comment by Art Brigades on February 23, 2014 at 9:01am

The Clubs have issued a letter to the editors of the papers where "support" appeared in the headline. They do not support the project.  Furthermore, they will not get the cash that is going into escrow for various conservation "mitigation" efforts. Thanks to First Wind's PR machine the genie is out of the bottle though. For years people will say "I heard AMC took a $700,000 payoff to support Bingham…"

Comment by Martha thacker on February 21, 2014 at 1:55pm

One more thing..with everything going on in our chaotic govt. now , I don't expect people to know or care about energy. It is just not one of the more interesting current events/ subjects. Huge power lines would have caught the general public's attn.  ...just look how long "they" have put off building them. ..all the while we are paying for them. This is the type of thing that Rep. Michaud needs to know about.

Comment by Martha thacker on February 21, 2014 at 1:51pm

Just called Rep. Michaud's office to let them know I couldn't vote for him if he supported wind farms. Asked if he would meet with a group to learn about them....as there are many here who are  a lot younger and more articulate than I am. The message is being passed along ...

I like Rep . Michaud a lot! Have let them know that at his office when I called before. 

We need an elected  democrat in ME who will stand up for the people. 

Rep. Michaud is on FB if anybody wants to communicate in that way. I don't.

Comment by Art Brigades on February 19, 2014 at 2:44pm

It is being played that the groups SUPPORT the project. That would be unfortunate, if true, and it would appear a quid pro quo. They apparently got some parting gifts, since they never opposed it when they had the chance a year ago. None of them asked for an adjudicatory hearing, where they could have intervened and really posed a threat to FW.  Remember, FW is required to give out community/tangible benefits. DEP is deliberating now, so this love fest won't influence their permit decision.  FW will certainly try to score PR points though.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 19, 2014 at 2:40pm

First Wind cries poverty when it begs for TIFF's and federal grants. Yet it just happens to have $700,000 sitting around to give away. 

There's no such thing as a free lunch and there's no such thing as a free land fund.

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on February 19, 2014 at 11:08am

Govermor Baxter: Katahdin stands above the surrounding plain unique in grandeur and glory. The works of man are short lived. Monuments decay, buildings crumble and wealth vanishes, but Katahdin in its massive grandeur will forever remain the mountain of the people of Maine. Throughout the ages it will stand as an inspiration to the men and women of this state.

Modern Day So Called Environmental So Called Non-Profit Groups:

Unless you have $700,000

Comment by arthur qwenk on February 19, 2014 at 10:31am

It  appears that the Maine Appalachian Club no longer wants to have volunteer   privy cleaners to make their romps  more comfortable.

They now want to "hire out" to get their  powder rooms sanitized instead.

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on February 19, 2014 at 10:20am

"Mitigation Money" is called "Protection Money" in New Jersey.

Just curious, when a windfall of money like this occurs, if some of the land acquired by the windfall had been in the so called environmental group's sights, then would that free up group revenues that would have gone to land acquisition so that it can be used for bonuses for management?

It seems that over the last 20 years the once great environmental groups have been transformed by a new ilk of management who lords over a new business model rooted in "greenwashing", i.e., giving a group's seal of approval for the right amount of compensation. Did not NRCM look the other way a few years ago when TransCanada came up with $500,000 in protection money, err, mitigation funds?

Comment by arthur qwenk on February 19, 2014 at 10:18am

Maine's Soul IS NOT for SALE...ever!

Another Corporate Environmental Group selling out  to interlopers  for their own  financial self interests.

Sad , Sad  indeed!

Citizens in Maine are the real environmentalists, and this wind scourge must be stopped!

 

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/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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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