Ever since Maine legislators rammed through the expedited wind law in 2008, it’s been a tough haul for those of us who know that the poor economics of building wind turbines on Maine’s beautiful ridge lines make the mountain’s destruction even more regrettable. It’s seemed like the system is stacked against us, which it is.
Well, chalk one up for us, and especially for Dave Corrigan, Gary Campbell and the Partnership for the Preservation of Downeast Lakes Watershed (PPDLW). The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled recently that the 16- turbine Bowers Mountain wind farm cannot be built because of its unacceptably negative impact on Maine’s scenic resources. Here are the details, as reported by the Bangor Daily News.
This affirms that visual impact is indeed an important criterion for deciding whether or not wind industrialists should be permitted to mar some of Maine’s most scenic natural resources. There are a couple more lessons to be learned as well, as this video explains. Congratulations to PPDLW for this hard-earned victory!