A. Barnett: Questions without answers

I attended a Department of Environmental Protection meeting March 22 in Canton about the Canton Mountain wind project. The purpose of the meeting was to ask questions about the permit process, but it seems there were no answers.

Questions about bald eagles were deferred to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Questions on noise complaint protocol could not be answered.

The crowd heard interpretation of Maine laws by the lawyer representing Patriot Renewables, the developer.

Basically, the wind energy statutes are loosely interpreted and many definitions need to evolve, such as possible adverse scenic impact to Mount Blue State Park. That park welcomes more than 70,000 visitors per year, yet the Patriot Renewables’ survey of 22 hikers is the only basis of determining “no adverse scenic impact.”

Even Dr. James F. Palmer, the DEP’s visual expert at the Board of Environmental Protection appeal of Oakfield Wind, suggested the wind law needs clarification in visual impacts.

Surveys should be conducted on-site and not using photo simulations.

I hope elected officials and officials in the Office of Energy Independence understand that the expedited wind sprawl law needs to be revised.

Alice McKay Barnett, Carthage

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Richard Begin's picture

Stupid Film Festivals

Frank
I have just read what you wrote about the Stuoid film Festivals. Come On Frank get with the Program. Try to avoid lowering yourself in your attacks.

'Frank don't we read enough about peoples Misfortunes?

Do we always need to be updated about another sad out come of another Auto Accident I suggest buying a Scanner

Richard Begin's picture

drill Baby drill

Well Stated Pirate I could not agree more with you. Can we design the Rocket to ship these folks to Mars?

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WIND

WIND = 75% does Not blow and 10-30% loss in transmission.

100 MW of WIND = 10 MW = WIND is a failure.

Stick with what we know.

Richard Begin's picture

Questions without Answeres or Questions 67 & 68

Alice;

What is it That you are so worked up About?

It seems like you are Desperately trying to Expose a Massive Conspiracy about Wind projects.

What's the Big Issue.

They do not appear to be to Ugly or terrible for my Liking.

I have taken a Tour or two and they do not appear to be that Noisy.

In Fact whne I am Highway Bound on Rte 26 either heading south Towrds South Paris or East On Rte 2 towards Rumford I see them they are Turning and after a while they seem to blend into the Horizon. I for one think is a Great idea to try something New that May lower Electricity Costs.

Of course there are always a Pro and Con to such Issues but that is what Living in Freedom Based society is all about. If enough disagree through the Legislative process and Grass roots system things can turn around Can't They Alice.

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http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/rising-gas-prices-a-call-for-

The Public Utilities Commission said yes to hundreds of millions of your tax dollars spent on a failed Industry. WIND = 75% does NOT blow, 10-30% loss in transmission and 5% draw from GRID.

Wind pits industry against industry, environmentalists against environmentalists, and creates new and surprising enemies and allies. The Wind Industry calls this THE SPLIT.

We are facing an environmental crisis resulting from burning fossil fuels. WIND does not sequester Carbon, trees do. .and WIND requires clearcutting and herbiciding.

The benefits of expanding wind generation are NOT worth the visual impact. Not when it effects tourism. 70,000 visitors to Mt. Blue have an expectancy of seeing scenic viewshed. WIND is basically stating that Mt Blue State Park is not valued for its scenic character. Maine is highly valued for its scenic viewsheds.

You state, " It makes sense to develop alternative energy sources that could ease the burden on energy users if there is a gas price increase." Massachusetts is the energy user, not Maine and Hydro Quebec can supply their power needs. Lift the ban on hydro; there are never any fuel costs with water.

WIND industry's investment in Maine is your tax dollars funding out of state developers.

WIND industry does pollute the air. Radars cannot determine a storm from a WIND farm. Oh the dead things blowing through.

You call WIND industry a massive development.and then try to say no "adverse visual impact" Boston is insatiable it will take more than thousands and thousands of turbines to keep the lives Urbanites lead.

WIND is not the answer to Maine's energy problem because Massachusetts has the problem.
Boston is insatiable and Hydro from Canada will take care of them. Hydro really is GREEN.

http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/rising-gas-prices-a-call-for-better-e...

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Drill, baby, drill; mine,

Drill, baby, drill; mine, baby, mine. Oil and coal are the only true solutions to America's energy independence. Everything else is fairy dust. Why are oil and coal so deeply imbedded in fueling America's energy needs? BECAUSE THEY WORK!!! Environmentalists be damned. Let 'em go find another planet to save; this one is doing just fine.

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hydro

The Public Utilities Commission said yes to hundreds of millions of your tax dollars spent on a failed Industry. WIND = 75% does NOT blow, 10-30% loss in transmission and 5% draw from GRID.

Wind pits industry against industry, environmentalists against environmentalists, and creates new and surprising enemies and allies. The Wind Industry calls this THE SPLIT.

We are facing an environmental crisis resulting from burning fossil fuels. WIND does not sequester Carbon, trees do. .and WIND requires clearcutting and herbiciding.

The benefits of expanding wind generation are NOT worth the visual impact. Not when it effects tourism. 70,000 visitors to Mt. Blue have an expectancy of seeing scenic viewshed. WIND is basically stating that Mt Blue State Park is not valued for its scenic character. Maine is highly valued for its scenic viewsheds.

You state, " It makes sense to develop alternative energy sources that could ease the burden on energy users if there is a gas price increase." Massachusetts is the energy user, not Maine and Hydro Quebec can supply their power needs. Lift the ban on hydro; there are never any fuel costs with water.

WIND industry's investment in Maine is your tax dollars funding out of state developers.

WIND industry does pollute the air. Radars cannot determine a storm from a WIND farm. Oh, the dead things blowing through.

You call WIND industry a massive development.and then try to say no "adverse visual impact" Boston is insatiable it will take more than thousands and thousands of turbines to keep the lives Urbanites lead.

WIND is not the answer to Maine's energy problem because Massachusetts has the problem.
Boston is insatiable and Hydro from Canada will take care of them. Hydro really is GREEN.

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One last thing

Neither Patriot nor Dr. Palmer need bother to lecture me or ME on visual impacts. I see 7 miles of red blinking lights where there was once dark natural nightscape. Industrial litter belongs in Boston, not ME mountains or near our lakes as proven by the recent decision to deny the Bowers project, which would never have been proposed if the developers had any common sense.

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???

If I did a survey of 22 hikers the wind developer would say it was not scientific or accurate and should not be considered because it was not done by a surveyor of their choosing. Patriot Renewables' survey means nothing and those surveyed could have been paid like the construction workers paid to attend LURC meetings. Time for Maine to defend the outdoor heritage with tough regulations and not the BS "lite" as written by the developers. Good questions , Alice. They don't have any answers.

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Great letter, Alice. For

Great letter, Alice. For Patriot Renewables to say that surrounding Mt Blue State Park with industrial wind turbines would cause no scenic impact, they are basically stating that Mt Blue State Park is not valued for its scenic character, which of course is not true. Much of Maine is highly valued for its scenic viewsheds. I saw the photo simulations produced by Patriot Renewables. There are manuals that teach wind developers how to create these visuals so that the turbines are nearly invisible along the ridgelines. To see how they really look, take a trip to Kibby, Roxbury, Lincoln, Mars Hill. They dominate the landscape and at the night it's like being in the middle of a giant airport. Baldacci's expedited wind law is unconstitional. A moratorium should be placed on all industrial wind projects until all these questions are answered to the benefit of Maine residents and not special interest groups.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Hears a question with no answers

I'm sorry , this note has nothing to do with this letter, but I would really be curious with an answer.
Yesterday afternoon in Auburn there were two possibly three structure fires and a major accident on Rt. 4 (they needed five ambulances plus turner rescue).
Now I just assumed I'd be reading about at least one of those stories this morning. No, the only local story to make the paper was a drunk idiot punching out a window. I heard that story too. He cut an artery and almost died. Good job SJ. right on top of things. I guess its true, all news stops on weekends. Unless the news contains a stupid film festival, now there's headline news.

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