Monday, September 13, 2004

Maine Wind Turbine Project Awaits Decision from Board of Environmental Protection

The Bangor Daily News recently issued this report on the appeal of a wind turbine project being reviewed by the Maine Board of Environmental Protection. The Mars Hill Project, proposed by Evergreen Wind Power LLC, would site 33 turbines in central Aroostook County, Me.

According to the Bangor Daily News, project opponents have called for the developer to "conduct night radar surveys and on-site observations for a period as long as 30 days during both the spring and fall migratory seasons, as well as surveillance to detect the species and abundance of bats" at a cost of over $100,000 to the developer.

However, during a hearing before the Board, The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife expressed support for the Developer's position that the detailed pre-construction studies called for by project opponents where unnecessary, concluding instead that post-construction stories where more crucial to understanding the wind turbines' impacts. According to the news report, the Board is likely to require some pre-construction "observation," but has rejected the need for the extensive pre-construction studies.

Approval of the project is expected at the Board's next meeting - Thursday Sept. 16, 2004.

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