LINCOLN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Opponents of a proposed wind project on Bowers Mountain near Lincoln are extremely pleased with a recent vote by state regulators that would pave the way for the project to be rejected.
The Land Use Regulation Commission voted Wednesday to have LURC staff draft a decision document that would deny Champlain Wind LLC's application to install 27 wind turbines on Bowers Mountain and surrounding ridge lines. Champlain Wind is a subsidiary of Massachusetts based developer First Wind.
LURC commissioners cited adverse impact on visual scenic resources in the proposed project area.
The commissioners will still have to vote to approve the decision document. That vote is scheduled for December 7th in Lincoln.
Opponents to the project, including the Partnership for the Preservation of the Downeast Lakes Watershed says this ruling shows there are sites that are simply not appropriate for industrial wind development.
We could not reach officials from First Wind for comment.