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Wind farm proposed for central Maine

June 18, 2013

BINGHAM, Maine (AP) — Opposition is lining up against a proposed 62-turbine wind energy facility in Somerset and Piscataquis counties in central Maine.

Boston-based Blue Sky West, a subsidiary of First Wind Inc., filed an application last month to build a nearly $400 million wind farm on a series of ridges and hills along Route 16 in the communities of Bingham, Moscow, Mayfield Township, Kingsbury Plantation, Abbot and Parkman.

Officials in Bingham and Moscow have said they support the project.

But Chris O’Neil, director of government relations for Friends of Maine Mountains, tell the Morning Sentinel (http://bit.ly/10tcK5q ) his group opposes the project because it’s not needed and would mar the landscape.

The proposal is waiting for approval from the state Department of Environmental Protection. If approved, construction could begin in 2014.

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Information from: Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/

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