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Boundary mountain area faces development issues  

The Friends of the Boundary Mountains organized some time ago to protect a 150-mile area in Maine extending from Grafton Notch on the New Hampshire border in Attean Lake.

From the south, the mountains begin with the magnificent Bigelow Range and extend into Quebec.

Few people are aware of this area, but it is now the target of corporate juggernauts sensing the profit to be made from production tax credits, accelerated deprecation and other taxpayer financial schemes.

In a recent FBM newsletter, it was reported that the Land Use Regulation Commission is seriously considering what is known as the Redington-Black Nubble proposal to rezone protected mountain areas for the siting of wind-power development in western Maine. LURC already issued a permit in November 2005 to a Canadian company to construct eight meteorological towers in the boundary mountains.

However, a hearing will be held by LURC on the Redington-Black Nubble proposal to rezone protected mountain areas to site wind-power development in western Maine. On Aug. 2 and 3 testimony will be heard at 6 p.m. at the Sugarloaf Grand Summit Conference Center in Carrabassett Valley. Groups intervening are: Friends of the Western Mountains, Maine Audubon, Maine Appalachian Trail Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Appalachian Mountain Club. All oppose this project.

A summary of this project is at http://www.matlt.org

Letters, faxes or e-mails to the governor in opposition are also in order.

Ruth Gabey

West Gardiner

Kennebec Journal

17 July 2006

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