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White recuses himself from Black Nubble debate  

A commissioner on the state’s Land Use Regulation Commission has removed himself from discussions on a proposed wind farm near Sugarloaf Mountain.

Stephen White of Bethel said Wednesday morning that he was stepping aside to ensure that the debate over the Black Nubble project centers on the project itself and not on questions of whether he should be taking part.

White’s decision came as the commission began a scheduled three-day debate on the 18-turbine Black Nubble Wind Farm project proposed by Maine Mountain Power.

Opponents of the project had claimed that White, the only member to vote for the original, larger Black Nubble-Redington Range proposal, was contacted by project supporters in the days after the January LURC vote against it and later contacted other board members to talk about the vote and the proposal.

White on Wednesday said the complaint was “a fictional account” by attorney William Plouffe, who represents opponents Maine Audubon, Appalachian Mountain Club, the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

He said Wednesday the lawyer “misinterpreted” his conversations with state officials and the developers.

Betty Jespersen, staff writer

By Morning Sentinel Staff Report

mainetoday.com

19 September 2007

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