T. Presson: Dixfield project clarification

I am writing to respond to a short accusatory letter from Norman Mitchell in Dixfield published Sept. 10.

Mitchell accuses our company of impugning “the character and education of concerned citizens,” which is not true. We do respond to attacks on our company, as I am doing now, but we do not attack people’s character, including Mitchell’s.

His letter compares the sound of Jet Skis with the sound of wind turbines, and suggests that wind power supporters, including the former governor, are biased because they do not like Jet Skis but they do support wind power. Since Jet Skis sound 30 times louder than wind turbines, that comparison is misleading.

Mitchell also suggests that we failed to disclose that turbines would be placed along the ridge rather than just on the peak of Col. Holman Mountain. On the contrary, from our first public informational meeting (in October 2010), we described and showed simulations of a project that would extend along the ridge. We would request that Mitchell check with town government, or with us, or with anyone else who has been involved in the project for clarification before accusing us of lying.

It is clear that Mitchell is not in favor of wind power. However, his negative and misleading letter is reminiscent of everything that people dislike about mud-slinging political campaigns.

We have been open and forthcoming with our thinking about this project, and we would ask the same of Mr. Mitchell.

Todd Presson, Quincy, Mass.

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what not told

Ask any "receptor" that is not an abutter to a GRID Scale WIND project if they were notified?
34 "receptors" in Carthage Maine did not know there was a project until a neighbor asked them. That neighbor documented statements from these "receptors" and sent them to DEP, thinking it the right thing to do. WRONG...some how all these "receptor" statements shuffled under.

Ask Shagg Pond and Concord Pond camp owners what they hear?
And "not hear" in waves from their television or radio.
These people are one and a half miles away from nearest turbine.

Sound modeling maps are wrong.

Canton Maine has a PUBLIC HEARING Thursday night 9/20 at 6 pm at the Municipal building. Presenters will bring sound maps of other projects along with facts about impacts of GRID scale WIND turbines.

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Like all good debates,

Like all good debates, exposure of the prominent issues will, with continuing research, lead to solid answers. Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Presson, both refer to the important issue of sounds. Much of the learning curve about wind turbine sounds and the effect on humans/ quality of life is in the infant stage and all interested parties should welcome such studies as a means to scientifically prove what has created this problem to arise.
Mr. Mitchell points out there is an unknown, definite area to the project because the number and size of turbines for the Dixfield project has not been forwarded by the developer, as of today. Confusion exists on the exact proposed location of the project, which means some do believe the project is projected for Colonel Holman Mountain, and only, Colonel Holman Mountain. Thank you, Mr. Presson for the clarification. All information concerning this project is helpful as taxpayers, ratepayers and community residents are to be affected. Thank you, Mr. Mitchell, for bringing forth this confusion.
Dixfield will vote on a wind ordinance someday ????

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clarification

you explain the mountains here just like always you dont this is misleading and you know it the company still says Col. Holman but means Burnt and Little mountains as well. I cant find anything that names more than Col Holman mt anywhere I challenge anyone to look in the Sun Journal archives and find the other mountains named or in town documents or anyplace in patriot renewable s information. I cant I suggested that people who receive donations from wind company's and those that have a vested interest are biased , I never said anything about Col Holman Peak a ridge is a crest of something, as a hill or a mountain why cant they state the fact and name the mountains ! I'm saying I cant find it . What I am in favor of is truth openness and transparency I accused no one of lying. what I stated was First time I had heard of it ! here is the link to the sun Journal story on the OCT 2o12 meeting he refereed to. http://www.sunjournal.com/googlesearch?cx=006189678272284030267%3Avvinqy...

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A couple of things

1. Man, grammar.

2. Here's the link:

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Wow, weak

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Link

I guess the link didn't work so here is the story Eileen M. Adams, Staff Writer River Valley
Friday, October 29, 2010 DIXFIELD — About three dozen residents attended Patriot Renewables LLC's first public informational meeting on its planned wind turbine project Thursday night. Most were looking for more information from one or more of the several experts who had charts and maps on display.I'm still up in the air,” said Bitsy Ionta, who attended the session to learn more about the financial aspects of the project.

Bob Withrow wanted to learn where the turbines would be sited.

“I'm trying to be open-minded,” he said.

But some, such as lifelong Dixfield resident Susan Knight, have made up their minds.

“Wind energy is the wave of the future,” she said.

Others, such as Wendall Palmer, don't want to see turbines spinning atop Colonel Holman Mountain.

“I want to keep up on what's going on,” he said. “And how ridiculous this project is.”

The Quincy, Mass., company has proposed building up to 13 turbines on the ridgeline that could produce up to 33 megawatts of electricity.

Eddie Duncan, a sound engineer who is part of Patriot's team, kept a device that measures sound going during the session. Decibels ranged from 50 to more than 80. He said the sounds that would emanate from the turbines would be kept at around 45.

Todd Presson, chief operating officer, said the session was held to give people a chance to ask questions and to learn more about the company's plan.

“We'll get back to them as soon as possible,” he said.

The project has been stalled for the past year because of a moratorium that gave town officials a chance to devise a wind ordinance. That proposed ordinance was withdrawn earlier this week because some portions of it are unclear.

Under serious consideration is the local ballot question on Tuesday. At that time, residents will decide whether to zone Colonel Holman Mountain as well as Sugarloaf Mountain in such a way as to essentially eliminate wind power development.

“We want to do this if the town wants to do it,” Presson said.

If voters approve the wind development ban, he said his company would still go ahead with its plans for the Carthage, Canton and Woodstock projects.

He said the Maine Department of Environmental Protection application was submitted for the Woodstock project about three weeks ago. Anyone opposing it has 30 days from the submission date to file an appeal.

He also said that his company submitted the MDEP application for the Carthage project earlier this week. It will be for up to 12 turbines on the Saddleback Mountain ridgeline and will not include an additional four turbines on the adjacent so-called town lots because clear ownership has not yet been determined.

Tom Carroll, project coordinator for the Canton, Carthage and Dixfield projects, said the Canton Planning Board will review a plan for the site of a substation to serve the three planned projects next Thursday.

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Link

I guess the link didn't work so here is the story Eileen M. Adams, Staff Writer River Valley
Friday, October 29, 2010 DIXFIELD — About three dozen residents attended Patriot Renewables LLC's first public informational meeting on its planned wind turbine project Thursday night. Most were looking for more information from one or more of the several experts who had charts and maps on display.I'm still up in the air,” said Bitsy Ionta, who attended the session to learn more about the financial aspects of the project.

Bob Withrow wanted to learn where the turbines would be sited.

“I'm trying to be open-minded,” he said.

But some, such as lifelong Dixfield resident Susan Knight, have made up their minds.

“Wind energy is the wave of the future,” she said.

Others, such as Wendall Palmer, don't want to see turbines spinning atop Colonel Holman Mountain.

“I want to keep up on what's going on,” he said. “And how ridiculous this project is.”

The Quincy, Mass., company has proposed building up to 13 turbines on the ridgeline that could produce up to 33 megawatts of electricity.

Eddie Duncan, a sound engineer who is part of Patriot's team, kept a device that measures sound going during the session. Decibels ranged from 50 to more than 80. He said the sounds that would emanate from the turbines would be kept at around 45.

Todd Presson, chief operating officer, said the session was held to give people a chance to ask questions and to learn more about the company's plan.

“We'll get back to them as soon as possible,” he said.

The project has been stalled for the past year because of a moratorium that gave town officials a chance to devise a wind ordinance. That proposed ordinance was withdrawn earlier this week because some portions of it are unclear.

Under serious consideration is the local ballot question on Tuesday. At that time, residents will decide whether to zone Colonel Holman Mountain as well as Sugarloaf Mountain in such a way as to essentially eliminate wind power development.

“We want to do this if the town wants to do it,” Presson said.

If voters approve the wind development ban, he said his company would still go ahead with its plans for the Carthage, Canton and Woodstock projects.

He said the Maine Department of Environmental Protection application was submitted for the Woodstock project about three weeks ago. Anyone opposing it has 30 days from the submission date to file an appeal.

He also said that his company submitted the MDEP application for the Carthage project earlier this week. It will be for up to 12 turbines on the Saddleback Mountain ridgeline and will not include an additional four turbines on the adjacent so-called town lots because clear ownership has not yet been determined.

Tom Carroll, project coordinator for the Canton, Carthage and Dixfield projects, said the Canton Planning Board will review a plan for the site of a substation to serve the three planned projects next Thursday.

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