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Put up — or shut up  

Credit:  by David Corrigan, Real Wind Info For Me, realwindinfoforme.com 25 November 2011 ~~

When the folks behind Highland Wind LLC put up their first website, they said that they would not impose themselves on communities where they were not welcome. Funny, but that page is no longer available…….

Eolian Energy made a similar statement in a Power Point Presentation to the People of Frankfort. I was there. Now the People of Frankfort are fighting for survival, because Eolian refuses to go away.

Peter Vigue of Maine Wind Limited LLC, told the People of Caratunk; “The last thing we want to do is impose ourselves on the community,” and, “We don’t impose ourselves on anyone. We will not do it.” Again, I was there, and I heard the words. And yet, Caratunk had to enact a very restrictive ordinance to make Mr. Vigue and his partners go away.

Just last year, Ignacio Galan, of Iberdrola, was quoted in the Portland Press Herald as saying that if Maine signaled that it wasn’t friendly to Wind, then they would go elsewhere. And yet, Iberdrola has plans for at least three large projects in Maine, coming right up.

Well, small towns all over Maine are passing ordinances to keep wind developers out, and the People of the Unorganized Territories and Plantations are petitioning the Governor and the Legislature to do the same for them. Hundreds of Mainers spoke before the Legislature in the last session, asking for relief from this scourge, and, although not enough to pass the measure, no less than 52 State Representatives voted in favor of a minimum one and a half mile setback between Industrial Wind Developments and the People of Maine.

Obviously, The People of Maine, at least, the ones who have bothered to educate themselves about the facts, are telling the wind developers that they are not welcome here. So, what gives? Why are these snake oil salesmen not living up to their word? Why are they still trying to impose themselves where they aren’t wanted?

Could it be that they are not honorable men? Could it be that they are still hoping that the ignorant will embrace them, and the rest of us will simply forget? Could it be that they are just so evil that they care for nothing except the free government handouts that they will collect with every new development?

I know that both Highland Wind and Iberdrola monitor this Blog. I also know that due to their relationships with the Maine Media, there is no way that I can get equal time to ask the hard questions, and demand answers in a major newspaper or television station. So, I will say this here, and offer equal, uncensored space, to any wind developer who wishes to respond. That is more than any major media outlet would do for the People of Maine.

I want to know why, after all their promises, Highland Wind and Iberdrola won’t go away? The People have spoken. They have told you that you are not welcome here. So, why are you still here?

I want to know why Angus King won’t tell the truth about his power line through Pleasant Ridge. The power line that he spent a LOT of time and money pushing through, against the wishes of the People of Pleasant Ridge Plantation. When I asked him, face to face, at a public meeting, he refused to tell me if it was being overbuilt to accommodate other wind projects. He refused to tell me that neither the power line, or the Highland Project itself, wouldn’t be turned over to another developer. He refused to tell me if either Iberdrola [who wants that line for their Lexington/Concord Project], or First Wind, [where Mr. King’s son is a vice president], had anything to do with the power line or the Highland Project. In fact, when I pressed the matter, both he and his attorney, Eric Stumpfell [who just this week was shilling for First Wind in Oakfield], got quite upset with me….. Agitated, even….

I want to know why the People who are being imposed upon, can’t get any answers!

I want to know why, after being told that their project was totally unacceptable by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and also by the Residents and Tax Payers of Highland who would have to live with the consequences—why are Highland Wind, and their partners at Yale University, still moving forward with the project?

I want to know why, when the majority of the Resident Tax Payers of Lexington and Concord, as well as many of the non-resident Tax Payers, all say that you are not welcome here—why does Iberdrola insist on pushing its project forward?

I want to know why neither company has EVER held a well advertised public meeting—and not just a dog and pony show—but the kind of meeting where EVERYONE can sit together and have unlimited time to talk about the FACTS, not just the empty promises? What are you afraid of?

Are these honorable men? Are these good neighbors? Are these the kind of people and corporations that we want to invite to Maine, to destroy our land, our water, our animals, our economy, and our way of life?

I want some answers. And if they aren’t forthcoming, [and in two years, they haven’t been], then I want these dishonest bastards to slink out of MY STATE with their heads hung low, and their tails between their legs, exposed for the liars, thieves, and cowards that they are!

And I want to make it perfectly clear: The People of Lexington, Concord, and Highland have spoken. They WILL hold the line, for their own communities, and for the rest of Maine, as well.

There are some lines that should not be crossed. This is one of them!

Source:  by David Corrigan, Real Wind Info For Me, realwindinfoforme.com 25 November 2011

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