Maine DEP: Deny First Wind's application to build the Bowers Mountain Wind project.
  • Petitioned Commissioner Patricia Aho

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Commissioner Patricia Aho

Maine DEP: Deny First Wind's application to build the Bowers Mountain Wind project.

    1. Petition by

      Partnership for the Preservation of the Downeast Lakes Watershed (PPDLW)

First Wind of Boston has applied to Maine's Dept of Environmental Protection for a permit to build a 48MW wind energy project on Bowers Mountain, in Carroll Plt, Maine. Bowers Mountain stands at the head of a remarkable network of more than 20 interconnected lakes known as the Downeast Lakes. The Maine Legislature has designated only 280 Maine lakes as being Scenic Resources of Statewide Significance. Of those 280 lakes, fourteen (5%) are within 8 miles of Bowers Mountain and of those 14, nine would have views of the 459' tall turbines.

For well over 150 years the Downeast Lakes Region has attracted people who seek an outdoor wilderness experience. Visitors come to enjoy outstanding fishing, camping, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, wildlife photography, birding, XC skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing and relaxing in an unspoiled wilderness environment.

A recent survey of the users of the Downeast Lakes showed conclusively that if there are turbines visible on Bowers Mountain, the Downeast Lakes region will lose its unique allure and many of these visitors will recreate elsewhere. Because the local economy is almost entirely dependent on tourism, will be seriously damaged. Traditional Maine Sporting Camps will suffer. Professional Guides will suffer. Small businesses will close. Jobs will be lost.

Back in 2011 First Wind applied to Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) for a permit to build a slightly different wind project on this same site. After three days of public hearings, extensive third party review and several months of intense deliberations, the Commission voted unanimously to deny a permit for a wind project on Bowers Mountain. In its denial document, the Commission stated that "Views from all nine of the Scenic Resources of Statewide Significance (lakes) will be significantly compromised such that the development would have an unreasonable adverse effect on the scenic character and existing uses related to scenic character."

Recently the State legislature transferred permitting authority for industrial wind projects from LURC to the DEP. First Wind is therefore now able to submit their application for a modified project to DEP in hopes of a different outcome. The new project has fewer turbines but they are taller.

The Bowers Mountain wind project still does not satisfy the scenic impact criterion for approval. The irreparable damage this poorly sited project will cause far outweighs its benefits.

PLEASE deny First Wind a permit to build the Bowers Mountain Wind project.

 

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      Maine DEP: Deny First Wind's application to build the Bowers Mountain Wind project.

      First Wind of Boston has applied to Maine's Dept of Environmental Protection for a permit to build a 48MW wind energy project on Bowers Mountain, in...

    3. Anti-Bowers Wind Project Petition reaches 600 signatures!

      On October 31st we got our 600th signature. Many of the petition signers also feel compelled to leave a brief comment. Reading those comments makes it clear that the Downeast Lakes Region is one of Maine's most precious resources... a real gem that we MUST protect for future generations. Please send the petition link to your friends and family. Also any lists you belong to and your facebook page. Thanks for your contribution to the effort.

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    • Douglas King NEWTOWN, CT
      • over 1 year ago

      Maine Downeast landowner

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    • Debbie Hewey MARYVILLE, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      I absolutely love this place, It's been a long time ago that I went with some friends. I enjoyed the peace a quite and hearing and seeing wildlife in thier natrual habitat. we use to take the row boat out abit and Loons would come up real close.beutiful birds. we would see red foxes run across the path to the outhouse at dusk, It was the most peaceful place I've been. I wish people would not distroy the beauty of this magnificent place and wildlife loose thier homes to noises of trucks and cutting timber. leave mother nature alone.

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    • Peter Skeel Hjorth PERSTORP, SWEDEN
      • over 1 year ago

      The expensive and unreliable wind power is no reason to devastate such an area

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    • Dean Fitzsimmons WELSHPOOL, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      It is vital that we preserve these beautiful pockets of nature or there will not be any left. We should work hard to safeguard them for the present and the next generations. Sadly our governments do not seem to understand the negative implications of industrial wind turbines. As more and more research becomes available, it is notable to know that the working life of a turbine has now been reduced to half as originally thought. this makes it even worse. Follow the money trail. Its not about green energy as there isn't anything green about them, however it is about green $$$$$! Shame on the promoters and the land owners who lease their lands. It is nothing but a scam.

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    • VICTORIA CUNNINGHAM WELSHPOOL, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Our pristine beautiful places are being ravaged by industrial wind turbines all over the world. Current research is showing how detrimental IWT's are to the environment, health, birds, bats and wildlife, natural habitat, ground water, flora and fauna, wetlands, devaluation of properties, loss of tourism - scenic vistas, jobs, and tourism attractions/providers, dangers of turbine incidents and accidents, etc.

      The list is endless. We must stop the destruction of our beautiful land. As pristine places like yours (and ours - Campobello Island, NB) become more and more precious & unique, destinations with healthy and sustainable environments will become increasingly desirable as places to visit and enjoy. Goverments must understand how valuable and important these special places are for the present and the future.

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