In the 1970s, the state of Maine took a stand against sight pollution and toward pristine beauty by banning roadside billboards. Recently, the state precipitously entered into legislation designed to create a worse situation by expediting wind turbine licenses.
Wind power in Maine is bad public policy because: it destroys the natural scenic beauty of an area; it has a negative impact on the health and safety of people and wildlife; it destroys our consistent economic selling point for new business and it reduces property values and reduces by 90 percent the salability of homes, camps and business in the area.
As the entire state of Maine has already been mapped for wind power production by the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewal Energy Laboratory showing that the resource potential for the entire interior of Maine is poor to marginal, we feel that wind towers do not have the potential for producing power and certainly not on the Passadumkeag Mountain.
This state needs to declare a moratorium on wind power projects including the Passadumkeag Mountain wind project. It needs to review existing wind turbine sites for a true assessment of property values, visual impacts, wildlife and soil impacts, noise and other economic factors. Then the state will have real facts to determine good public policy relating to wind power projects.
This state through Gov. Paul LePage must halt this assault on Maine by immediately declaring a moratorium on wind turbines until a more thorough review of the effects can be conducted.
Susan F. Bulay
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