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The Issues
The Wind Farm issue for Town Meeting

Dear Harpswell Resident,

 At the March 8th Town Meeting Harpswell voters will be asked to contribute $10,000 toward the cost of a wind study to see if it would be feasible to put 3-4 turbines on Long Reach Mountain. Long Reach Mountain is owned by the town and is the site of the popular Cliff Trail. Town meeting begins at Noon.

 The project proponent has described the conservation benefits of renewable energy that the turbines would produce and potential income to the town based on leasing the site to a wind energy developer and taxing the value of the turbines. However, most residents are unaware of the significant negative impacts that would occur if the turbines were built.

 The attached documents describe impacts of wind turbine development, including:

  • Significant noise and light pollution up to 3,000 ft. or more from the 400 foot-tall turbines.
  • Negative impacts on property values.
  • Major environmental impacts, including building a road as wide as Rte. 123 along the narrow ridge of the Mountain and disruption of important wildlife habitat.

Attached documents
Conceptual Plan of Proposed Wind Turbine Development on Harpswell’s Long Reach Mountain
Harpswell Wind Turbine Alert

The need for the study has also been questioned by those who are inclined towards wind turbine development. It may be feasible for the town to put wind study instruments on the planned communications tower rather than erecting a separate wind study tower. Also, in most cases the developer, not the landowner, pays the full cost of a wind study.

 We hope you will carefully consider the information in the attached documents. If you are concerned about the impacts of this development, please come to the town meeting and vote.

 For more information you may want to view the following videos:

The Little Bay Wind Farm...How Close is too Close? Reviews noise and setback issues for a proposed community wind project in Massachusetts. http://windwisefairhaven.com/

 Small town forced to live with wind turbine issues ("Voices of Tug Hill").  (Note: scroll down to this video and be patient, there is no voice audio for the first couple of minutes). http://windwisefairhaven.com/view_content.php?id_content=2

Please forward this message and attachments to anyone that might be interested in this information.

 If this message was forwarded to you and you would like to receive updates, please email us so we can put you on the Harpswell wind power contact list.

 Please contact us if you have any questions.

 Sincerely,

Tulle Frazer and Rob Bryan
271 Harpswell Neck Road
725-8942
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Last edited on 01/07/2010