Weyerhaeuser pulls out of petition battle with Moosehead group

Weyerhaeuser has withdrawn its request for substantive review of the petition for removal request submitted by residence in the Moosehead region. The Moosehead Region Futures Committee has been actively opposing SunEdison's 26 turbine wind development on a site owned by Weyerhaeuser west of Moosehead Lake.

The following is the press release from the Moosehead Region Futures Committee announcing Weyerhaeuser's withdrawal.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Richard McDonald – 207-604-4760


Weyerhaeuser/Plum Creek pull out of petition battle with Moosehead Group.

May 18, 2016

Moosehead Lake, ME. This afternoon, the Weyerhaeuser Company instructed the Maine Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) to withdraw its request for substantive reviews for the petitions for removal from the expedited wind area for Sapling and Long Pond Townships and Taunton- Raynham Academy Grant – all three unorganized territories were integral to the proposed SunEdison Somerset Wind development planned for Misery Ridge west of Moosehead Lake. Weyerhaeuser was leasing land to SunEdison, who with all of its subsidiaries, filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy on April 21, 2016.

SunEdison was proposing a 26 turbine development within a conservation easement along Misery Ridge. The easement was negotiated during the Plum Creek Concept Plan and was intended to mitigate the impact of Plum Creek’s extensive residential development plan. Weyerhaeuser merged with Plum Creek in 2015 and assumed formal control of their holdings in 2016.

“If Weyerhaeuser is pulling the plug on the Misery Ridge project, it’s a great day for the Moosehead region. The negative impact of this project on the region’s tourism-based economy and quality of place was obvious. Avoiding this disaster will allow us to redirect or energy and our resources to growing our economy and promoting the richness and world-class natural beauty that makes this region outstanding,” said John Willard, President of the Moosehead Region Futures Committee.

“The petition process involved a number of energized local residents who gathered the required signatures and organized the submissions to LUPC. This region is known for its hardworking, dedicated people who have proven once again they are determined to protect their homeland as they demonstrated during the Plum Creek Concept Plan proceedings. They deserve a great deal of the credit for this outcome” added Willard.

The Moosehead Region Futures Committee has taken the lead in defending the petitions and will continue to monitor this situation. They are prepared to renew their opposition efforts if necessary.


Moosehead Region Futures Committee, P.O. Box 164, Greenville Junction, ME 04442



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Comment by Penny Gray on May 22, 2016 at 7:19pm

With SUNE in financial straights, was the possibility of future liens on the woodlands a grim spectacle?  Regardless, Moosehead and Katahdin region are two of Maine's crown jewels and must be protected for future generations.  No fast tracked industrial development should be permitted.  Give carbon credits to big woodland owners for sustainable forestry practices.  Grow trees, not turbines.  Protect and preserve our heritage.

Comment by arthur qwenk on May 20, 2016 at 3:56pm

Lamontagne, the classic First Wind LIAR!...Never Trust a Thing he says!...We all know liars are created in his image. BE PREPARED FOR ANTYHING, MOOSEHEAD!

"A proposed 26-turbine wind farm near Moosehead Lake won’t be affected by a change in zoning regulations in the area that allow communities to opt out of a fast-track wind development zone, according to the company proposing the wind farm. Energy company SunEdison, which filed for bankruptcy in April, is still determining the next steps for its proposed Somerset Wind project in the Misery Ridge area near Moosehead Lake, SunEdison spokesman John Lamontagne said on Thursday"

Comment by Kathy Sherman on May 19, 2016 at 8:04am
But was the decision because they don't think FirstWind/SunEd won't be able to pay their bills????
Comment by Kathy Sherman on May 19, 2016 at 7:58am
Great. I know who I will buy paper from. We need to have more info about who owns such large tracts of ridge and forest and try to force into sustainable yet economically OK -- carbon-clean air/water credits anyone? Or should common sense prevail?

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