Town of Woodstock, Selectmen get introduced to Moratorium Petition 3/16/10

I want to thank all of you out there that have supported me through this first step towards a moratorium. The people of Woodstock know of the dangers that these wind turbines have and realize that there should be at least a one mile distance from all abutting property,s. Once they realize that their building code that was revised March, 2009, to deal with wind turbines, is very dangerous for distance, they will want to have that corrected for the safety of the towns people. Height plus 10% is way to close. That is what is in the building permit. The noise level is at 55db"A" and there is a conflict with the building ordinance that allows 70 db"A" for industrial noise. The state only allows 55 db"A" so this will need to be addressed and corrected.
I am also concerned over the fact that statements have been made to me that a selectman has been discussing the wind turbines out side of the selectman meetings. Definitely a conflict of interest and out of line for a selectman. I won't point fingers, but you know who you are. Your actions are being watched and people will know who is doing what, where, when and how. Just a fair warning. If you don't want to play fair, then fair is fair.
I am eager to see the out come of this vote. The select men and planning board are in for a big surprise. When the people come out to let them know they are not pleased with the actions that have been taken behind their backs, they will make sure that there is a public vote and that they have a say in how this town proceeds into the future. Why would we destroy a mountain or two for monster wind turbines, blinking lights, day and night, noise that makes you sick, scaring away our wild life, and giving up our peaceful nights sitting on the porch looking at the stars. We won't give this up for some company, who wants to suck up our Federal money, just to put in their pockets. They are being smart about it. (LLC) out of Massachusetts, creating a (LLC) in Maine, which leaves them saying;" YOU CAN'T TOUCH ME." We, the people of Maine are smarter then that. We have your number and your time is running out in Woodstock. You might want to pack your bags and go back to where you came from. Oh, by the way, Why don't you stop picking on Carthage. I don't like "BULLY'S".

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Comment by Scarlett on March 23, 2010 at 7:50am
I was glad to see in yesterday's BDN that Thorndike voted to adopt the 'comprehensive, strict wind energy ordinance...requiring mile-long setbacks between wind turbine towers and homes.'! no comments, no arguments...just voted in...common sense prevailed! As Donna Higgins was quoted as saying "What else is there to say? Not much." Congrats to the people of Thorndike!! I hope this has thoroughly discouraged Mount Harris Wind on their other proposed projects such as Dixmont and Jackson!
Comment by Lisa Lindsay on March 17, 2010 at 9:15am
That's great, Leola. Congrats on all your hard work paying off. I know it's a long road ahead but you are on your way!
Comment by Stacey Scotia on March 17, 2010 at 7:32am
Leola - if you'd like to call me I'd be happy to share our process with you. You don't have much time - whether that was "planned" or not - not sure, but you certainly have to 1. Make sure all your signers come to the meeting -- so get their phone numbers and be prepared to call them a few days before for "reminders", 2. call in all favors from friends/family who don't "typically" attend these types of meetings, 3. Is there a group in town that is possibly disgruntled with the "politique" that you could tap into? 4. Have someone come who is a REAL person living "too close" to a turbine - Art Lindgren and his wife Cheryl from Vinalhaven along with Ethan Hall came to our meeting. We had time to do lots of work so I think our vote would have been in favor either way, but they are awesome and helpful. 5. Your argument should be WHY NOT take some time to be sure what's 180 days in comparison with 20yrs++++ -- what may be the unintended consequences if this issues is not thoroughly studied/examined? Do you have "helpers" -- are there a few people who are willing to stand with you as a "committee to insure Woodstock's future" ????


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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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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."

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