State Environmental Board rejects Bowers Mountain Project


(NEWS CENTER) --Another Defeat for the Masachusetts Wind Developer looking to build a wind project atop Bowers Mountain. Thursday, the Board of Environmental Protection voted to reject First Wind's permit application to put 16 turbines on the Downeast mountaintop

This was First Wind's third attempt to put a project on the mountains overlooking the Downeast Lakes In Washington County . The Land Use Regulation Commission rejected the Bowers project in 2012, DEP rejected a modified project in 2013, and now BEP has reached the same conclusion. First Wind released a very short statement about the vote.

"We're disappointed in the decision. We're evaluating our next steps." That statement is attributed to John Lamontagne, the director of communications for First Wind.

Meanwhile some project opponents are savoring this victory. Gary Campbell, the president of the Partnership for the Protection of the Downeast Lakes Watershed issued a statement which in part reads:

"We are very pleased with this decision, but not surprised...This project would have seriously damaged the scenic value of nine lakes that the State of Maine has designated as significant scenic resources."


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