February 20, 2013

Wind developer turns deaf ear to will of people

Iberdrola Renewables proposes building a large wind energy facility in Concord and Lexington townships.

While specific details of the project have been kept from the public, we know that wind turbines are growing in size with each new facility proposed. First Wind's latest project calls for turbines 512 feet tall, almost 100 feet taller than the elevation Lexington's village center rises above sea level.

The company's industrial complex -- miles long and skyscraper high -- is proposed for this quiet, rural area, inhabited by families who value Maine's natural resources and the peace and serenity they provide.

The majority of the residents in these communities -- as much as 85 percent -- signed petitions opposing this project. Our senator, representative and county commissioners support our stance.

We've conveyed our position to Iberdrola Renewables and landowner Plum Creek but have been ignored. Not only have they disregarded the will of the people who reside here but Iberdrola Renewables just submitted an application to erect a fourth meteorological tower north of Peaked Hill.

Why? To expand an already-massive project that's staunchly opposed by those who will live within its shadow and sound-shed?

We're Maine citizens who have been denied input in the future of our community. We've done our homework -- studying the science and economics and weighing the benefits and negative impacts. We're not uninformed; we're educated. And we are Americans. Do our votes and voices still count or will a foreign corporation decide our fate?

Karen Pease

Lexington Township

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