The DEP Hearing is over.
But you still have until May 8th
to write to DEP
Please write or email DEP telling them why the Downeast Lakes Region is so special and how wind turbines on Bowers Mountain will destroy the wilderness feel of the lakes. Your letter or email must be received by DEP no later than 5pm on May 8th.
Send your letter to:
Dept of Environmental Protection
attn: Jessica M. Damon
106 Hogan Road
Bangor, ME 04401
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The Bowers Wind Project's turbines will be visible from NINE lakes which the State of Maine has designated as "Scenic Resources of State ot National Significance" (SRSNS). This is unprecedented. No other wind energy project has even had half as much adverse scenic impact as the Bowers Project.
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READ THE BOWERS APPLICATION
Click here for an itemized index of links to the various files that make up the application.
To see the map showing how many turbines First Wind says will be visible from any particular place, download "30A Exhibits 1 to 4 Viewshed".
To see which turbines will be lighted at night, download "30A Exh 9 to 10 Night Lighting".
To see First Wind's simulations of what the turbines will look like from various lakes, download "30A Exh 11 to 20 Visual Simulations".
|IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES:
||Deadline for Written Public Comments
||Deadline for Final DEP decision.
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The November 30th edition of the Burlington (VT) Free Press carried an article that gives us a glimpse at how First Wind management thinks.
In describing the permitting process used in Vermont, opponents describe "a frustrating, rushed process in which they are behind from the start, out-monied, out-lawyered and usually ignored".
Wind developers complain about the "long, thorough, expensive process they have to go through for state approval".
Apparently First Wind believes it should enjoy a short, less thorough, inexpensive process. Josh Bagnato of First Wind, after complaining that Vermont's permitting process is "unpredictable", applauded Maine for the expedited permitting required by Maine's Wind Law. The article goes on to report that:
"Bagnato recommended that the state enact a provision allowing for opponents who make frivolous claims to be charged for the time they take up."