It seems the week goes by awfully quickly. My thanks to everyone who was able to attend Monday's FOMB meeting and also the town Wind Power Advisory Committee Meeting last night.
At our meeting Monday, we discussed strategy moving forward and the group's advice for what they wanted me to convey to the UMaine rep, who I am meeting on Monday. A new petition which requests the town allow voters a say on the transmission lines for the project (our way of having a voice) was circulated. We already have more than half of the required signatures. Forms are around town (Reilly's, Post Offices, etc.) with our goal of having the required signatures by Bristol voters gathered by this coming Monday.
Last night, the Bristol Wind Power Advisory Committee met with Bristol Fisherman to hear their concerns about the project. They have summarized their concerns at: https://sites.google.com/site/bristolmatters2014/home/local-voices The summary gives a good overview of what was expressed. What the site does not state is that the fisherman were unanimous and vocal that they wanted the town to do everything in its power to STOP the project (Plan A), before moving to a back-up Plan B of attempting negotiation.
Please note that at our next meeting, Monday April 28 at 7 PM at the New Harbor Methodist Church, several of our elected officials, including Senator Chris Johnson and Representatives Mick Devin, Jeff Evangelos and Ellen Winchenbach, have confirmed their attendance to listen to the concerns of the community. Please come and be sure to bring your friends. We have also invited members of the media.
We have been told by a "reliable source" that the DOE will announce the grants on Thursday May 15. While not confirmed, we know that the timing is soon and it is important for us to act now.
If you have not yet done so, please read my recent letter to the President of the University of Maine. It can be found on our website at http://www.fomb.me/news/ A copy of the letter was sent to Dr. David Danielson, the official in Washington who is ultimately responsible for the Wind Energy Grants. Please write or email him this week with your concerns about the site and the project. He can be reached at:
Dr. David Danielson
Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585
or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly, we have launched a Facebook page today to help spread the word. You can find it at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Muscongus-Bay/693964757333208 Please "like" the page, send it to your friends, post comments, and keep the conversation going.
My thanks again to everyone for all their time and energy. Let's continue to make our voices heard.