(Portland, Maine) The voice of wind opposition in Maine, Friends of Maine’s Mountains (FMM), has been receiving reports that workers associated with First Wind’s industrial wind project in Oakfield may not be getting paid. In a YouTube VIDEO published today, the group issued a call to its network, asking anyone having more information about possible nonpayment to report it to the anti-wind group.
“We want to be on top of this information, because we’re bird-dogging it,” said Chris O’Neil, FMM spokesperson. “If they’re stiffing loggers and skidder drivers up there, we want to know.”
O’Neil said a recent decision by Maine’s supreme court could doom First Wind’s future in Maine, because the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has asked First Wind if it now has enough funding to finish four projects in the state worth $1 billion (See Portland Press Herald, “Maine DEP asks First Wind to re-prove its financial capacity,” 4/9/14). He said FMM will immediately forward any evidence of the company’s financial hardships to top officials at the DEP. To contact Friends of Maine’s Mountains, write to: MaineMountainFriends@gmail.com.