OPPOSITION: Coastal Habitat Alliance; Concerned Citizens to Save Roxbury
BACKGROUND: The $120 million Record Hill Wind Project is located near Roxbury, Maine. The project includes 22 wind turbines and is being developed by Independence Wind. The turbines will generate 55 megawatts of energy, which is enough energy to provide power to approximately 20,000 homes. Building the Record Hill Wind Project would employ approximately 50 construction workers. Once the turbines are completed, 4 permanent jobs would be created to maintain the structures.
Property owners of the Roxbury Pond region of Maine are currently split as to their opinions about the project. Many of these owners are fighting to prevent noise levels and visual impacts associated with the turbines. The “visual blight” of Record Hill Wind Project has been addressed by the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM). This organization is in support of Independence Wind as they claim that “wind projects will always present visual impacts to somebody.” However, no major scenic areas will be affected by the project according to the NRCM. Residents are still protesting these claims.
The Maine Department for Environmental Protection approved the project. However in December 2009, Attorney Rufus Brown, on behalf of a group called Concerned Citizns to Save Roxbury, filed an appeal, asserting newly discovered evidence which he states suggests "the review input from Maine Center for Disease Control in the permitting process was tainted with a political agenda rather than being from an objective evaluation for the protection of public health." As of September 2010, construction had not begun. Record Hill principal Robert Gardiner tells the Sun Journal newspaper that the wind project opponents' appeal has tied up financing pending a favorable decision.
SOURCES: Barry Matulaitis of Sun Journal (June 15, 2009): http://www.windaction.org/news/21570?theme=print; http://www.windaction.org/documents/24635
Bangor Daily News: http://www.bangordailynews.com/story/Lewiston-Auburn/Legal-battle-delays-120-million-wind-farm-in-Maine,153937
Last updated November 16, 2010