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 Maine's Expedited Wind Law needs to be repealed.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!