[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Promises are empty  

Credit:  www.sunjournal.com 14 March 2012 ~~

Wind projects in towns without protective ordinances may not benefit the people. Towns where wind-generating facilities have been permitted to operate without legal guarantees and adequate enforcement protocols can only trust the multi-million-dollar industries to be fair and safe.

The Home Rule Enabling Act, approved by voters and passed by the Maine Legislature in 1970 , broadened the powers of local government and allowed towns to write self-governing ordinances – a basic form of local democracy that Mainers hold dear.

Without an ordinance, who can know if promises made by corporations are empty promises or short-lived, at best? And why would a good business not want to enter into a written contract, with laws to guide and protect both parties?

Town ordinances can require that wind facilities be properly constructed, maintained and repaired, and that their presence does not increase liability for the town.

Likewise, ordinances address fees and costs, and can maximize community benefit packages.

Town ordinances, of course, may appear too restrictive when the design of the wind plant is too large for the area, or when planned to be constructed too close to where people live.

Towns should not be fooled by promises that don’t come with guarantees. Nobody wants to hear the words “We told you so”after a wind-power plant is built in your community.

A. Ingrid Eriksson, Sumner

Source:  www.sunjournal.com 14 March 2012

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.