This is in response to the guest column (March 20) by Tom Carroll of Patriot Renewables in which he made some pretty serious claims.
Carroll stated that, somehow at the DEP meeting about the Saddleback Ridge Wind Project held in Carthage, speaker sign-up sheets disappeared. During the course of three-and-a-half hours of public testimony, I am not aware of anyone raising a hand to say that they had been denied the opportunity to speak. Out of more than 100 people in attendance, I heard about four pro-project speakers and not a peep about missing sign-up sheets.
Carroll also claimed that he has had threats on his life, his home and has been called a "baby-killer." In 16 months of working in opposition to this project, I have never heard (and would not tolerate) words like that spoken in private meetings or phone conversations.
It continues to elude some people, including Carroll, as to why Mainers outside of Carthage would wish to express their opinion on this project. Many people recreate and live around this project and have concern for environmental, human and wildlife issues. The project site is highly visible from many communities, as well as from Mt. Blue State Park.
Criticism has been focused on the project and laws and issues pertaining to industrial wind development in Maine. The impact from a large-scale wind project like this does not stop at the Carthage town line.
Lisa Lindsay, Wilton