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Please Keep Our Mountains Protected 

After reading the LURC Staff Recommendation to approve the Redington Wind Farm, I have to say thank you. Thank you for recommending 30 wind turbines stretching across eight miles of unspoiled mountains, with massive clearcuts 410 feet tall, with the tallest trees no taller than 30 feet tall – this will fit harmoniously into the natural environment. I’m glad you know the vertical rise on Redington and Black Nubble is around 1,800 feet. The turbines will only be about 1/4 as tall as the mountains. That will fit very nicely. It will really preserve the natural character of the ridgeline.
I’m also very happy that you know the project will only be visible for just a few miles of hiking trails. But I know you can see them from Rangeley to the Bigelows and from Tory Hill in Phillips to Eustis Ridge. Know what else? The people who live in these areas are hard working and honest Maine people. The work is hard when you can get it, and the weather more unkind than most of the state. They live here because of the natural beauty. I just love it that you approve the wind farm that would make a terrible mess of our mountaintops and ruin the beauty. And you know what we get? Nothing. They say power from the wind will supply 40,000 homes, but they will not be selling power to any homes. I’m glad you know that.
Thank you too for making sure the big roads they build for giant equipment will be made into only 12-foot-wide roads when they finish construction. That way when the turbines need to be repaired or replaced no one can get to them and we can have very nice rusted relics on the mountain tops. You didn’t require a decommissioning plan. I know what you’re thinking. When they rust-up some they will blend better.
I really like, and bet you do too, the flashing red lights at night. I get really tired of just the stars and moon, because we have no street lights, flashing red on eight miles of mountain tops will be something else. Think we can get them on all the towers?
Thank you too for letting a multi-million dollar company make millions more in our state. The wind farm will add to their coal fired and nuclear plants. I’m glad we’ll only lose some of the most beautiful mountains in Maine. The only thing you have to do is take them out of Protected Zoning. Guess that’s no big deal to you. I’ll bet John Baldacci has something to do with it. But he’s not talking about the wind plant is he? Thanks too for the most one sided thing I’ve ever read. I wish you would have talked about the guy who just put roads on a map without even setting foot on the ground where they were going. I’m glad you never talked about the 2,000+ signatures Friends of the Western Mountains gathered, or how at least 1/4 of the people who spoke the first night of the public hearing in favor of the wind plant were investors. Another 1/4 was bused up from out of town with promise of a free meal if they spoke in favor.
It is not about wind mills or wind power. What it is about is keeping our mountains PROTECTED. Maine is not about any man-made things. When people think of our state, they think of the natural beauty of our lakes, ocean and mountains and forests. That’s why they come here. That’s why we live here. Please keep our mountains protected.

Terry Tesseo is a resident of Coplin Plantation.

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