Tell Maine DEP: Stop Oakfield Wind!
  • Petitioned Patricia W. Aho

This petition was delivered to:

Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection
Patricia W. Aho
Environmental Specialist III, Bureau of Land and Water Quality
Jessica Damon

Tell Maine DEP: Stop Oakfield Wind!

    1. Petition by

      O S

      Oakfield, ME

First Wind of Boston is seeking to drastically change the size and scope of the proposed Oakfield Wind Project.

First Wind (Evergreen Wind Power II, LLC) is seeking to build 50 wind turbines, almost double the original number proposed in their original application. The new turbines will stand at 459 feet tall - the equivalent height of a 45 story building. The proposed modification amounts to an enormous change; and the differences in the impacts of noise and vibration between the first turbines and their replacements are not comparable. The potential noise and health impacts alone warrant a public hearing and closer scrutiny.

In addition, the visual impact on the industrial wind farm cannot be mitigated and will forever change the wild character of the region surrounding Pleasant and Mattawamkeag Lakes. At least 20 turbines will be visible from Pleasant Lake, and over 33 wind turbines will be visible from Mattawamkeag Lake. More than half of the Town of Island Falls property owners are seasonal residents who come to enjoy the scenic and wild landscape. Many will be negatively affected by the impact of an industrial wind project in the midst this beautiful landscape.

Maine citizens who participated in the original Oakfield procedure dealt with data which was completely different than that in the original permitted application. First Wind seems to assume that such drastic alterations should slip by unchallenged.

Please join me in telling the Maine DEP that you don’t want an industrial wind farm to destroy this scenic landscape! Sign my petition calling on the Maine DEP to deny First Wind’s amendment application and to start the approval process from scratch.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Good news! We are keeping the petition OPEN for additional signatures!

      O S
      by O S
      Petition Organizer

      We learned today that the review of First Wind's application may extend through December. As a result, we are keeping the petition open. Please keep those signatures coming! I would even suggest for everybody who writes about the scenic value to actually use the specific statement: "my expectation as a recreationist is that the view stay intact!" Additional updates will be posted on the Stop Oakfield Wind community page on Facebook. Thank you!
      http://www.facebook.com/StopOakfieldWind

    2. Thank you for your participation! We are sending the petition to ME DEP

      O S
      by O S
      Petition Organizer

      We will be sending the petition to Maine DEP today. The response to this issue has been extraordinary and I want to personally thank each and every one of you who made your voice heard. A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, November 21 at 6pm in Oakfield, ME at the Community Center. Further updates will be posted on the Stop Oakfield Wind community page on Facebook.
      http://www.facebook.com/StopOakfieldWind
      Thank you again!

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. We're almost there! Nearing 500 signatures on the petition to Maine DEP!

      O S
      by O S
      Petition Organizer

      Congratulations! In just one short week, we have collectively let out a big shout to let Maine DEP know how much we care about the scenic beauty and wild character of the lakes in southern Aroostook Cty. This is just our first step to bring sanity back to the process of sighting the Oakfield Wind Project and ensure that a balanced approach to industrial wind development is in place for this area.

      With Maine DEP about to make a decision on First Wind's application, we need just a few more supporters to get over the 500 mark. Please ask everyone you know to help us take a stand that severely impacting the scenic resources in this area is not acceptable! First Wind and Maine DEP admit that they have limited data about lake user's expectations. Signing the petition and sharing your reasons why you are signing will let them know that you DO care.

      Thanks again for your support!

    5. Thank you! Over 250 concerned citizens have signed our petition!

      O S
      by O S
      Petition Organizer

      Great news! Thank you all for signing on to support this important cause! Our voices are now being heard.

      Next goal: we are aiming for 500 signatures by the end of this week (November 20). Please share your stories and photos of the lakes with friends, family and those who are concerned about the environment. Ask them to sign our petition to bring common sense to the process of sighting commercial wind farms and to stop the destruction of this beautiful landscape that so many enjoy.

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. In just 2 days we've reached 75 signatures Our goal is 100 by Sunday night!

      O S
      by O S
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for caring about the environment and making your voice heard! Please ask your family, friends and colleagues to support this cause if they stand for a balanced, responsible approach to clean energy development. We are striving for 100 signatures by Sunday night! Thank you again.

    8. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • James Lutz BANGOR, ME
      • over 2 years ago

      The scars these projects leave on the wilderness, and the breathtaking views they are desicrating must be weighed against the dubious CO2 savings they are professing. The number of trees they cut down could more than make up for the savings of CO2 they are supposed to save. All the CO2 projections are based on full production of the generators, but they rarely produce 20% of their plate output. It is a waste of $$$ and the environment.

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    • Jane Roy ELLSWORTH, ME
      • over 2 years ago

      They are bad for our economy

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    • marcia pankratz ANN ARBOR, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      there are plenty of industrial areas with more wind to place these monstrosities

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    • Jordi Grant ZAMORA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Wind turbines are totally obnoxious and are ruining our nation. Soon there will be no open space to enjoy, and the nights will all be lit with flashing red lights!

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    • Victor Long LINNUES, ME
      • over 2 years ago

      It is the natural landscape that attracted me to Maine. Wind turbines do not belong as part of it.

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