Yay! Happy ending!
The entire permitting process for industrial wind development is baffling. Not only is much of the information and data collected by the developers considered "proprietary", i.e. not for public consumption (even tho the public is footing a large percentage of the bill for most of the project), but their "experts" collecting the data work primarily for the wind industry. The complaint hotlines are handled by the wind developers. Really? Which begs the question, why would anyone hire a fox to collect the eggs in the hen house? That's what the DEP and BEP are doing when they rely on data being provided by the applicant to "prove" that noise or health problems from infrasound will not be, and have never been, an issue. The fox who is hired to collect the eggs reports there were no eggs laid today...yet there is egg yolk all over his nose, and what are those feathers stuck in his teeth? Oh well, we must take his word for the egg count even tho evidence exists to the contrary. And so these projects are built and operate with impunity. Patriot Renewables bought off all the nearest abutters to their proposed industrial turbines for various undisclosed amounts of money, which does not lower the nighttime legal noise limit one little bit and is not going to cause any health problems to abate. In other words, they side stepped the law in a way that should not be allowed by the DEP or BEP. Who else is this wind developer buying off? Were the children taken into account in these buy outs?
The threat of bat, raptor and migratory bird fatalities, massive environmental degradation, human health hazards, property devaluation and harm to the tourism indudustry due to the commercial industrialization of our iconic mountain viewsheds should kill this project in its tracks. Maine's Expedited Wind Law needs to be repealed. None of the existing Maine wind projects are generating a fraction of their promised capacity, and where ARE all those promised green jobs for the local residents? Connecticut has enacted a moratorium on land based wind power, believing all such monstrous projects belong in the "wastelands of Maine" rather than in their back yards. Really? Are we going to allow the city folk of southern New England to sit back and sing "kumbaya" while First Wind blasts our mountains and ridgelines in order to build roads and transmission lines and erect enormous five hundred foot tall whirling blinking machines that produce nothing at all for Maine except a lot of very expensive rusting junk to get rid of in another twenty years? Show First Wind the door and KEEP IT MAINE!
The quicker these non-English speaking immigrants learn to speak English, the faster they'll be employed and the quicker they'll be able to support themselves, which will relieve a burden off of all taxpayers. Their children benefit from learning our language in school and I'm sure the parents are picking it up as quickly as they can. This is a boost that will speed things along. I wouldn't want to move to Somalia to find out how long it would take to learn their language without any help at all, mostly because I don't think I'd live long enough to learn much of anything. I was very lucky to have been born in the USA.
This is money well spent. It's very difficult to gain employment in Maine without speaking English, and very difficult for employers to communicate with (train) employees who are not reasonably proficient. This grant will pay off in a big way.
Sign this petition calling for the governor to repeal Maine's Expedited Wind Law and put a moratorium on industrial scale wind projects. Keep It Maine!
I don't see how this state's impossible wind energy goals could fail to be anything BUT a headline grabber considering how controversial wind power is, how poorly the existing wind installations are preforming in Maine, how environmentally destructive industrial wind is to our landscapes and wildlife, not to mention those being forced to live close to these massive machines, and how Connecticut has imposed a moratorium on industrial wind and announced that it's going to be meeting all of its renewable energy mandates by destroying Maine's mountains. Are Mainers going to sit back and let the southern New England states use us as a doormat?
What a remarkable story and a remarkable woman!
Great story! Go, Fynn! We're rooting for you!
She must have thought he was a pretty good looking bull! I once saw a moose watching TV through the ground floor window of a house.