October 30, 2013

Foes file lawsuit to block Aroostook wind project

The complaint says work to build power lines for the 50-turbine farm will harm streams along the route.

By Tux Turkel tturkel@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Davidge runs Sewall House Yoga Retreat in Island Falls, and often takes her clients to Mattawamkeag Lake. According to the complaint, visitors have said they wouldn’t return if the project is built as now designed.

The citizen group lost an appeal to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 2011. That case dealt with an approval of the Oakfield project by Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection. The group was attempting to show in court that the project created an unreasonable impact on scenic and visual values.

“A lot of us who love Aroostook are very disappointed,” Davidge said.

In a related issue, Williams said she is waiting for a response to a letter she sent on behalf of Protect our Lakes to Patricia Aho, commissioner of Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection. The letter requests that the DEP, which issued a state permit for the Oakfield project, require First Wind to reduce the maximum sound level its turbines can make at night to reflect changes in the state’s noise ordinance.

Williams said she hasn’t received a response from the letter, dated Aug. 28. She said she would decide this week whether to write a second letter and threaten legal action.

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