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  • Published
    June 6, 2017

    Under pressure, Select Board nixes ballot question

    The St. George Select Board voted June 5 to pull a planned June 13 ballot question after facing opposition and accusations of bias from some of the roughly 20 attendees. “It is the right thing not to rush it,” said Chairman Richard Bates before the vote. The measure would have allowed the formation of a committee and the hiring of legal representation to evaluate risks and negotiate a benefits agreement with Aqua ...

  • Published
    May 10, 2017

    Lawmakers vote against moving UMaine wind project farther from Monhegan

    A bid to move a nationally significant wind-energy test site farther from Monhegan Island suffered a major setback Wednesday, May 10, when a key legislative committee unanimously voted against the bill proposing the move. With little discussion, the Energy, Utilities and Technology committee agreed that while some islanders and their supporters had valid concerns about the project, overturning the ongoing review ...

  • Published
    May 3, 2017

    Bill to move Monhegan wind power project draws crowd to legislative hearing

    Lawmakers heard passionate, conflicting testimony Tuesday from dozens of people on a bill aimed at moving a nationally significant wind energy test site farther from Monhegan Island. Supporters said views of two massive floating turbines would jeopardize tourism, lobster fishing, migrating birds and the sense of serenity associated with Monhegan’s wild beauty. Some said island residents were being bullied and ...

  • Published
    March 14, 2017

    Offshore wind debate produces parallel universes on Monhegan

    The Aqua Ventus wind project, comprised of two gigantic floating wind turbines proposed to be located about 2.5 miles south of Monhegan Island, has stirred up opposition and garnered support on the island and beyond. At times, opponents and supporters sound like they could be talking about two entirely different projects. “We had no reason to believe there would be two 600-foot turbines,” said Travis Dow, founder ...

  • Published
    February 28, 2017

    Feds seek public comment on massive offshore wind turbines

    The parking lot was full at the St. George Town Office Feb. 28 as fishermen, activists, residents and members of the press gathered to learn more about the proposed 600-foot-tall floating wind turbines that may be located off Monhegan for a 20-year test. Officials from the University of Maine and the U.S. Department of Energy set up posters displaying information and artists' drawings of the proposed project, and ...

  • Published
    February 24, 2017

    Department of Energy seeks public input on offshore wind project

    The Department of Energy will conduct hearings next week in St. George and Monhegan to receive public input as part of an environmental assessment for the New England Aqua Ventus I offshore wind project proposed for a site in state waters 2.5 miles off Monhegan. Aqua Ventus would consist of two 6 megawatt wind turbines installed on floating concrete platforms designed by the University of Maine Advanced Structures...

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