Welcome to Keep It Grand! Thank you all for your rapid and enthusiastic
response to our first communication. I am pleased to report that as of
March 10th, KIG boasts over 200 members committed to conserving East
Grand’s natural beauty and tranquility.
KIG formed in December 2011 based on a call to action by one of our
board members upset with rumblings and proceedings that pointed toward
the possibility of planned wind development taking place on Greenland
Ridge. Since then, more action has become apparent- by early February,
two ~200’ meteorological towers (met towers) have been erected on
Greenland Ridge to measure wind speed and direction. As best we can
tell from permits, a venture known as Greenland Ridge Wind has been
formed between the Danforth landowner Malcolm French and the
construction firm Cianbro to pursue the development of a wind power
installation along Greenland Ridge. The erection of these met towers is
a clear sign that they are proceeding with a plan.
We do not know the precise process or timeline for the actions of this
group- no application has yet been filed. However, based upon what we
know from past and current wind projects around the State, we know
this; first, met towers are erected with a purpose, and typically
precede any application. Second, once an application to construct a
wind farm is submitted, the Maine Department of Environmental
Protection has to act upon this application in 180 days.
Therefore, we have to be prepared to make our case when the time
comes. Battles being fought elsewhere in the state against
similarly intrusive wind projects have emphasized the importance of
being ahead of any proposed
projects. That’s why KIG is taking action now.
There are many arguments for and against projects like what we believe
will be proposed on Greenland Ridge. However, the important fact is
this: East Grand’s amazing environment is not a proper or even an
acceptable place for this type of development. A wind farm could turn
the beautiful night sky and the deep quiet of this treasured lake and
land into a ridge of flashing lights and rumbling turbines.
KIG is currently developing our opposition strategy for this type of
invasive development. As many other proposed projects in Maine have
shown, a strong central group leading the opposition is critical for
the proper care and consideration of these types of applications.
However, while we plan our opposition, (and the project continues to be
developed), it is vital that we get the word out about this to the
entire, diverse community of East Grand stakeholders. Big Wind wants
nothing more than to sneak these projects right past area residents-
and we can certainly prevent that.
support, we can win this battle.
We thank you for the support and effort you have shown already, and we
ask you to please stay tuned and in touch with these issues- our
website, www.keepitgrand.org, will be a continually updated and a
constantly evolving source of news and information about this project
and wind issues in general; and a regular email update will follow
We look forward to helping to “Keep It
Grand” with your help.
Keep It Grand