Public Workshop on the Draft Wind Energy Act Standards for Scenic Character, Shadow Flicker, Public Safety, Tangible Benefits, and Decommissioning
When and Where: Friday, January 27, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
University of Maine at Farmington
Lincoln Hall 111 South Street Farmington, Maine
Draft Chapter 382
On Friday, January 27, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Farmington, the Department of Environmental Protection will be holding a workshop and presentation on a pre-rulemaking draft of a rule that will address certain standards in the Wind Energy Act. In July the Department held a similar workshop in the Bangor area. At the workshop, Mark Bergeron, the Director of the Bureau of Land Resources, will present changes to the draft rule in response to comments received, and describe plans for moving forward with the rulemaking process.
The draft rule will be pursuant to the rulemaking authority established in Public Law 2007, Chapter 661, Section E-2, and will address scenic character, shadow flicker, public safety, tangible benefits, and decommissioning. The draft rule will not address best practical mitigation measures, as this will be the subject of a future rulemaking pursuant to 35-A MRSA § 3459.
Please let us know if you are planning to attend so we can ensure that we have enough room. This is not part of the formal rulemaking process, which has not yet begun. We will also provide notice of the commencement of the rulemaking process when that occurs. The Department contact for this rule is Mark Margerum. He may be reached at:
Maine Department of Environmental Protection 17 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0017
Phone: 207-287-7842 Fax: 207-287-7191
Erle Townsend Policy Development Specialist Energy Regulation Office of the Commissioner Maine Department of Environmental Protection (207) 287-6115
Went to the meeting, will post video once completed. 2 hours.
My schedule is clear so that I may attend this meeting to record. Hope to see others there as well.
This is allowing more occupation of Maine's land without fast-tracking the permitting process, however this is the time to get hopefully some greater prohibitions into the basics though they will have attempts to chisel away at them if we allow them.
Using historical data sets of land damages, sound and all other concerns that reflect the Truth results vs the unscientific claims would be a good basis starting point of prohibitions. Along with any yet used data such as I had observed with the flashing lighting at night appearing to be vehicles ahead for an unfamiliar driver. Images speak louder to those that can only imagine.
If we can't repeal the Wind Energy Act, this is the next best thing: modify the way the DEP evaluates permit applications and the conditions they will apply. There is much in this draft document that will benefit Maine at the expense of the wind developers.
I am not sure If I will be able to attend, however If I can I shall. The Industry representation most likely will be there, so at least one of the Warriors should be there to give a reporting as best they can. Video works best.... It will be interesting to see if the Bingham Lights from afar has perked any attention for Highway safety concerns.
Instead of only considering STATE or NATIONAL scenic considerations, the state should consider specific scenic character associated with individual towns. A perfect example is Dixfield, which recognizes (3) scenic resources that are specifically identified in it's comprehensive plan, that are extremely important to the character and identity of the town. These scenic resources (Colonel Holman Mountain / Sugarloaf Mountain & Webb River Falls) may not be significant to the State but are to the town itself!
decommission them all- would that not be fabulous? god luck with the meeting folks! hope it goes well
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