Rumford Whitecap was a beautiful hike and then we got over a rise and saw the turbines and it was pretty shocking. Talk about out of place, out of scale. We saw two very large raptors soaring. They definitely weren't turkey vultures, so they were probably eagles. It was very windy on the Record Hill side of the summit and the turbines were spinning away. You couldn't help but wonder how many of these large birds would fly into the blades one day. The summit view also showed very clearly the proximity to all the camps on Roxbury Pond, and you just knew how these out of scale monsters were wrecking these camp owners' paradise.


What's hard to fathom is the size of these things. I believe they were about 5-6 miles away from where the picture was taken. We counted 22 of them. If each is 400' or so high, if they stood on top of each other they'd rise 8,800' high or about 1.7 miles.


What are we doing to this beautiful state and for what?


What is the cost/benefit equation?

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Comment by Dan McKay on May 14, 2012 at 9:08am

Hart, this is a copy of the moratorium ordinance passed in 2009 :

 

Wind Energy Facility Moratorium Ordinance

TOWN OF DIXFIELD

WIND ENERGY FACILITY MORATORIUM ORDINANCE

DIXFIELD, MAINE

Adopted: October 14, 2009 - Special Town Meeting

Expiration Date Extended: Monday, April 12, 2010 for An Additional 180-Day Period

Section 1. Authority, Effective Date and Sunset Provision

A. Authority

1. This Ordinance is adopted and hereafter amended pursuant to and consistent with Article VIII-A of the State of Maine Constitution and Title 30-A. M.R.S.A. Section 4356.

2. This Ordinance shall be known and may be cited as the "Wind Energy Facility Moratorium

Ordinance, Dixfield, Maine.”

B. Effective Date

The effective date of this Ordinance shall be upon adoption by the legislative body.

C. Sunset Provision

This Ordinance shall automatically terminate 180 days from the date of its effective date adoption

unless the Selectmen vote, after notice and hearing, to extend the moratorium for an additional

180-day period.

Section 2. Purpose and Necessity

A. Purpose

The Purpose of this Ordinance is to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the residents

of Dixfield by fostering orderly wind energy facility development. During the term of the moratorium the Town of Dixfield will determine the most appropriate methods to regulate wind energy

facilities and prepare appropriate municipal ordinances to achieve such.

B. Necessity

While the Town of Dixfield developed its comprehensive plan in 2007 the town has no local land use

regulatory ordinances that provide municipal review and approval for commercial development or

industrial development. There is high interest wind energy facility development in adjoining and

nearby towns. The topography of Dixfield is believed to be conducive to wind energy facility development. Without local regulations to address wind energy facility development, there exists the

potential for serious public harm if such are developed. Serious public harm includes but not limited to visual impact, noise, environmental degradation and health.

Section 3. Moratorium

After the effective date of this Ordinance no testing for the suitability for wind energy facilities

and/or the development of wind energy facilities shall be allowed.

Section 4. Appeals and Severability

A. Appeals

An aggrieved party may appeal the provisions of this Ordinance to Superior Court under Rule 80-B

of the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure.

B. Severability

Should any section or provision of this Ordinance be declared by any court to be invalid, such decision shall not invalidate any other section or provision.

Section 5. Definitions

Associated Facilities: Elements of a wind energy facility other than its generating facilities that are necessary to the proper operation and maintenance of the wind energy facility, including but not limited to buildings, access roads, generator lead lines and substations.

Generating Facilities: Wind turbines and electrical lines, not including generator lead lines, that are immediately associated with wind turbines.

Wind Energy Facility: A facility with a generating capacity of greater than 100 kW that uses one or more

wind turbines to convert wind energy to electrical energy. A wind energy facility includes associated facilities and generating facilities.

Signed this 12 th day of April 2010 by the Dixfield Board of Selectmen

Comment by Hart Daley on May 14, 2012 at 8:39am

I concur with the moratorium inquiry. How many signatures or voices need to go before the Governor to demand a state wide moratorium? In regards to Dixfield, Alice, Dan or Freemont, how do I get a petition started for a moratorium? I want to base the request on the fact that Selectman Norine Clark told us to "stop using Mars Hill as a comparison / reference since it was the first project and was not close to our town so it wasn't a fair assessment". I want a moratorium in place so the Town of Dixfield can evaluate the health, economic, financial and environmental impacts as well as tax base reduction / fluctuation and electricity rates manifested by the Roxbury and Woodstock projects. I feel this is a legitimate concern. I believe if Patriot Renewable wants to build in Carthage, Canton and Dixfield they will wait until we can determine whether or not the towns actually want wind projects in our area AND should have to prove their worth in data collected from these 2 existing projects.

Comment by alice mckay barnett on May 14, 2012 at 7:41am

how many signatures on a petition to moratorium the whole state?

Comment by freemont tibbetts on May 14, 2012 at 1:15am

                 This has got to stop it is wrong, wrong, wrong, it will                                                                                                         O                                 ONE WAY OR THE OTHER .......

Comment by Allen Barrette on May 13, 2012 at 8:45pm

We are not doing anything the governments are letting the desecration of our lands continue at the tax payers  and mother natures expense. crooks all of them. I say throw them in jail all of them. They are just worthless want to be's

Comment by Norman Mitchell on May 13, 2012 at 3:28pm

I know a guy at work used to love this hike !!!!! but no more !!!!!

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on May 13, 2012 at 2:28pm

right on Larry..totally agree,,,

Comment by larry sherman on May 13, 2012 at 2:18pm

How could any environmentalist be in favor of a sight like this???!!!

Besides all the other reasons that make building monster wind turbines wrong, this picture is worth a million words.

Enough is Enough!

Comment by alice mckay barnett on May 13, 2012 at 1:54pm

It is awful.

Comment by Karen Bessey Pease on May 13, 2012 at 1:34pm

Oh, God.  That's awful.

Truly heartbreaking.

:o(

 

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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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