AP) – Maine land use regulators dealt a major blow to a proposal to build 30 wind-power turbines in Maine’s western mountains on Wednesday.
The Land Use Regulation Commission, meeting in Farmington, voted 6-1 to ask its staff to submit a document calling for denial of Maine Mountain Power’s proposed project in Redington Township.
Maine Mountain attorney Jeff Thaler calls the action a step toward denial and says it’s a sad day for Maine, which misses an opportunity to help curb global warming.
But Maine Audubon commended the decision. The conservation group’s Jennifer Burns says it was a vote to uphold laws that protect unique, spectacular areas in Maine.
At least 150 participants and spectators attended the LURC meeting during a session that took up most of the day at the University of Maine at Farmington.
The commission’s staff had recommended approval of the plan to rezone about one-thousand acres near the Sugarloaf ski resort to allow for the 90 megawatt project on Redington Pond Range and Black
Nubble Mountain in Redington Township. Opponents say the turbines wouldn’t produce enough power to justify obstruction of scenic views from Sugarloaf and the Appalachian Trail. Several of them held signs outside the meeting.
One of the signs said ":Leave Our Mountains Alone.":