The Friends of Spruce Mountain have been busy with gathering funds and helping Rufus Brown with our appeal to the DEP. Basically, the DEP dis-regarded our concerns and we will be headed to the BEP. When 6 of 11 wind turbines are required to be restricted for sound at night by the DEP itself, we know that we, the people of the valleys are not going to be getting any sleep at night. I don't like myself when I get that way. I can get very grumpy. So to make sure that we the people don't have to put up with this "noise problem", we plan on fighting it all the way to Supreme Court.
We are holding fast and going forward to make the point that the "C" db is a very important issue and needs to be acknowledged and reviewed. Rufus has put a very strong case together and I am very confident we will win. It's time that the state realize that the evidence is there to support the health affects from industrial wind turbines. The closest building is 2200 ft. away from the turbines and at the angle that the turbines are put in, many homes are going to be affected by not 1 turbine, but three.
Friends of Spruce Mountain have been active in the decision of the planning board and their first refusal to let the abutting property owners file an appeal against the site plan approval. It all hinged on the definition of meeting the requirements of the planning board. Patriot Renewables approval was based on DEP approval. (pending approval). Planning board wanted to use the date the vote was made in Nov.2009, rather then Oct. 2010 DEP issuance of permit and after meeting with them, discussing the confusion, we were given the right to appeal the sound waiver that Patriot Renewables was given by the planning board. The planning board gave a 5 dba waiver, so that it went from 50 dba to 55 dba during the day. So glad we got that cleared up. The planning board did decide to change the wording so that it was a final approval or a rejected project. We have also brought up and discussed "conflict of interest" directly and indirectly. That is being defined and checked on.Some good is coming out of all this process. I have to give the planning board credit for working with us because there are some towns that the board won't do that.
Right now, there are two appeals going on; one at the town of Woodstock's Appeal Board and with Rufus at the DEP's decision. I am so proud of the people that have stepped up in the community and across Maine to help us do this battle. I have made some wonderful friends and got to know my neighbors better. This is not an easy task, fighting wind, but it has to be done to protect the people from the dangerous unheard sound. The vibration that interferes with children's balance and development, the sleep deprivation to the adults and the heart palpultations to those who may have heart conditions. We are not guinea pigs in a lab and we shouldn't be treated that way by the DEP.
I want to send a special thanks out to Denise Hall for all her hard work. If she hadn't jumped on board we really wouldn't have a Friends of Spruce Mountain. She is the one who put together our website, contacted people, answered e-mails and kept me on task. She has done a fantastic job. I also want to thank Vikki Holme's for being there for us.
Please continue to support us as we break our way to the courts. I pray that the other appeals will be turned against wind and in the favor of the people. Keep up the good fight.Leola

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Comment by Denise Hall on November 15, 2010 at 7:08am
Without Leola there would be no FOSM, fo' sho! I vividly remember the day last spring when my google search returned Leola's latest on the CTFWP website. It appears that search engines really can changes people's lives for the better. Since having my eyes opened to the BIG lie of big wind, I have made new relationships I truly treasure.

So thanks for the shout out, Miz Prez, and right back at ya!
Comment by alice mckay barnett on November 14, 2010 at 7:28am
thank you


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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 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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"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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