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Mountains of Maine are our back yard  

Credit:  Morning Sentinel, www.onlinesentinel.com 25 April 2011 ~~

People of Maine need to jump on the NIMBY wagon and shout “Not in Maine’s back yard!” to industrial wind.

The mountains of Maine are our back yard. These irreplaceable areas are going down one after the other to industrial developers. Where do we go to climb a mountain for a breathtaking view? Where do we go to enjoy Maine’s unbelievable and unique landscape, view wildlife, see the stars, take a breath? Where do we go to listen to absolute quiet and refresh our spirits with nature’s beauty? We go to the spectacular back yard of our own state.

Our love of outdoor recreation is one important reason for living in this great state.

There will be 40 500-foot, spinning, lit towers in Highland Plantation if the Land Use Regulation Commission approves the project. We’ll drive under towering turbines on our way to Dead River. Trips to the Appalachian Trail, Flagstaff Lake and Bigelow Mountain will include towers looming overhead.

A paddle on Gilman Pond in New Portland, which is one of Maine’s Great Ponds, will reveal a spectacular vista just a few miles away, of not only the 40 turbines in Highland, but also Iberdrola towers planned for Lexington and Concord.

The breathtaking valley rimmed in mountains that is the gateway to so much of Maine’s back country will be part of an industrial development. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The plan is to cover hundreds of miles of Maine’s rural country with projects that aren’t worth the loss of wilderness in production of power. Industrial development in Maine’s mountains is not the way to go. Do research and think it over.

Patrice Drummond

Highland Plantation

Source:  Morning Sentinel, www.onlinesentinel.com 25 April 2011

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