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Hearing to discuss wind power ordinance for Industry

Clearwater Lake in Industry

Clearwater Lake in Industry

INDUSTRY - A public hearing will be held Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Industry Town Hall to review an ordinance proposed by the town's Wind Power Ordinance Committee. This is the second public hearing on the proposed ordinance, which will appear before the voters at the annual town meeting on March 9.

The proposed Industry Wind Power Ordinance is an extension to the permit requirements of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for large wind projects, and addresses requirements for any wind projects that are not within MDEP jurisdiction.

The proposed ordinance defines a minimum safety buffer distance in relation to the height of any proposed turbines. The purpose of the safety buffer is to ensure the protection of residents and properties from falling or thrown debris in the event of a catastrophic event, and from the effect of noise generated by the operation of the wind mills.

An independent study was commissioned by the town to measure the effect of turbine sound travel in the topography of the Industry community. This study confirmed earlier research conducted by the Committee that led to a recommended safety buffer setback of 7,000 feet from surrounding properties for major installations.

In recognition of property rights, the proposed ordinance establishes legally binding perpetual easements, for a fee, as the mechanism by which a wind developer and surrounding property owners may combine their lands to meet the safety buffer setback requirement.

The Wind Ordinance Committee invites all residents to the Feb. 21 meeting to express their views and ask questions about the proposed Ordinance.

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9 Responses »

  1. Look at that beautiful picture across Clearwater Lake with those awesome mountains in the back ground.

    "Now", Imagine WindTurbines Lining Those Beautiful Mountains,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Change Anything?

  2. Good job. Hope it passes.

  3. A ridgeline overlooking Webb Lake will be loaded with wind turbines and in view of Mt Blue State Park, Wilson Lake in Wilton, etc. No ordinance in Carthage where they are going up on Saddleback Ridge + greedy landowners.throwing their neighbors under the bus = the ruination of scenic Maine and of the peace and quiet of those who live near. No one cares, I guess, about proper siting.

  4. 7,000 is a substantial setback. I hope it applies to the property line of abbuters. It is sad that the state DEP does not undertake a serious revision of their "model" ordinance that was influenced by the wind industry. Kudos to Industry, another town that will join more than 3 dozen others that have taken action to protect residents, property values, and scenic vistas that create "Quality of Place".

  5. Thankfully more and more towns are stepping up to the plate and taking control of industrial development in their town. Their responsibility is to protect their residents, not the bottom line of developers, and it is great that towns are recognizing that. Thank you Industry!

  6. Why do people keep considering this crap when we all know the industry couldn't come close to surviving without government subsidies? It amazes me how easily fooled people are. Let big brother keep pretending he is a venture capitalist and losing billions of tax dollars every year. Who cares, he's not really your brother anyway....

  7. Mass must be hurting for power. When their is no more room on the Cape then I would consider windmills in Maine where Maine people benefit.

  8. The government gives tax breaks to big oil.
    It gives incentives for farmers to grow corn to produce ethanol.
    It caps the price of milk below the cost to produce it. That profits mammoth food processors making all sorts of milk based products like ice cream.
    In other words, the government has been giving breaks to entities that don't need it for decades. We all go along with it, despite the fact that we are borrowing money and paying interest on it, to let them do it. Over and over, the taxpayers vote in politicians who approve it. Before you whine too much there Captain, check the voting record of the pols you support.
    We don't want to import oil.
    We don't want to frack to get our own oil and gas.
    We don't want to drill in the Arctic wilderness to get it
    We don't want Atomic energy.
    we don't want to dam up our rivers for hydro.
    We don't want to have oil pipelines.
    we don't want oil and gas shipping terminals.
    We don't want to try wind.
    Burning wood pollutes the air with dioxins.
    Coal plants pollute and mining it destroys the ecology of the land.

    Any ideas?

    We also don't want to give up our way of life. Let the electricity stop for even a few minutes and there is outrage such a thing could happen.

    C'mon Maine, step up to the plate. The entire state sucks on the federal teat. It's time to give a little back.

  9. Those of you in organized towns are so incredibly fortunate to have this mechanism to protect yourselves from possible negative effects of ILL-SITED industrial wind turbines. Without an ordinance, citizens must fend for themselves concerning problems that may arise, after the fact, and with little legal foothold at that point. Passing an ordinance to reflect what the citizens of Industry want as safeguards for their property, health, and way of life is justifiably a common sense tool for the people who live there. State laws have afforded you the right to decide where the turbines may be sited near your town and individual properties. Do not take this for granted! Unorganized towns do not have the legal ability to write ordinances, so I encourage you not waste this opportunity for your community.

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