PORTLAND — A former Green Party candidate for governor is clashing with a former governor who’s promoting a 129-megawatt wind power project in Somerset County.

Jonathan Carter from the Forest Ecology Network said today that building 48 wind turbines in Highland Plantation would require blasting of 1.6 million cubic yards of earth and 100,000 truckloads of debris removal. He says the fragile alpine terrain would be destroyed and noise pollution would be created.

Former Maine Gov. Angus King, one of the partners behind the project, says it’s big and would require 26 miles of road but no debris would be trucked away from the site.

He says it would create enough electricity for all the homes in Oxford, Somerset, Piscataquis and Aroostook counties. King also took a jab at Carter, saying he supported wind power until the Highland Plantation project was proposed near his home.