Members of the public got the chance to weigh in on a proposed wind project that would be located in Hancock County Thursday night.
The Department of Environmental Protection hosted the meeting in Aurora at the Airline Community School.
The Weaver Wind Project would build 22 turbines at a cost of 145 million dollars.
The turbines would be located in Eastbrook and Osborn with an operations and maintenance building in Aurora.
Those in attendance spoke both for and against the project.
"What's the water quality impact going to be?" asked resident Darren Lord. "What's the wildlife impact going to be? I am very, very scared about all of those things. I would really ask the experts to take a step back because I don't think we are in any rush."
"In addition to the overall benefits of this clean, emissions free source of renewable energy the Weaver Wind Project also will have a positive environmental effect on the public access to Lower and Middle Lead Mountain Ponds as well as the Union River watershed," said area resident Jeff Rose.
Otis weighs wind farm ban
By Kate Cough | The Ellsworth American | April 18, 2019
OTIS – Wind turbines? Not in our backyard.
That was the message from the Otis Planning Board on April 4, when members voted 3-2 to adopt a new wind turbine ordinance aimed at blocking commercial wind development in the town.
Otis resident Teresa Davis said in an email that she and several other residents had been working for months to get the town to adopt the anti-industrial wind ordinance.
“It is too bad each town acts independently when one can affect the other so much,” Davis said, referring to wind projects in neighboring towns that could affect views and noise levels in Otis.
There will be a public hearing on Monday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at the town office to discuss the new rules. For the ordinance to go into effect, voters would have to approve it at Town Meeting on May 11.
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Clifton wind farm expansion will double the number of turbines
By Eesha Pendharkar, BDN Staff | Bangor Daily News | April 19, 2019 | bangordailynews.com ~~
The wind farm in Clifton is on track to triple its energy capacity in the upcoming years by constructing five bigger wind turbines to join the existing five.
Two weeks ago, the Clifton planning board approved a pre-application plan for the 20-megawatt Silver Maple Wind Project, which will be an expansion of the 9-megawatt Pisgah Mountain wind energy project, according to meeting minutes.
The expansion will be developed by Halifax, Nova Scotia-based firm SWEB, a subsidiary of Austrian developer WEB Windenergie, which operates more than 200 wind farms across the world. SWEB first got involved in the Clifton wind farm project as partners to help locally owned Pisgah Mountain LLC purchase the original five turbines. However, according to documents filed by SWEB with the Maine Public Utilities Commission, Silver Maple Wind Project will be fully owned by SWEB.
The project is in its initial stages, with much of the engineering design and timeline yet to be decided. The company has filed a pre-application with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. However, the town does not have to wait for DEP’s decision to approve the project from its end, according to the planning board’s discussion recorded in the meeting minutes.
“We’ve initiated the process, but we’re still completing some of the deliverables for both DEP and municipal permits,” said Micahel Carey, development manager for SWEB.