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Hard to get answers  

Credit:  Rumford Falls Times | www.rumfordfallstimes.com 6 April 2012 ~~

I attended a DEP public meeting March 22 in Canton about Canton Mountain Wind Project.

The purpose of the meeting was to ask questions of the permit process. But, it seems there were no answers.

Questions on Bald Eagles were deferred to DIFW. Questions on noise complaint protocol could not be answered.

The crowd heard interpetation of Maine laws by the lawyer representing Patriot Renewables, the developer.

Basically, the wind energy statutes are loosely interpeted and many definitions need to evolve. Such as the adverse scenic impact to Mt. Blue State Park. This park welcomes over 70,000 visitors a year, yet Patriot Renewables’ survey of 22 hikers is the only basis of determining “no adverse scenic impact.”

It is hard to get answers.

Alice Mckay Barnett,


Source:  Rumford Falls Times | www.rumfordfallstimes.com 6 April 2012

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