Dr. Monique Aniel and Steve Thurston are from the Citizens’ Task Force on Wind Power – a coalition of citizens from around Maine drawn together in the common purpose of advocating for responsible, science based, economically and environmentally sound approaches to Maine’s energy policy.
Steve and Monique began working together on the fight against IWT in Maine about 3 years ago. In early 2009, after former governor Angus King proposed 22 turbines for the ridge behind Steve Thurston’s family’s ancestral home in Roxbury, Maine, Steve started a website as a repository for information about the Roxbury project and wind power in general. Monique learned through a friend of Steve’s website and called Steve to discuss the situation.
“We started investigating public policy encouraging wind power in Maine which led us to the larger national and global wind agenda. We became aware of the drawbacks of wind generated electricity due to its variability, high cost, intrusive presence on the
landscape, and human health impacts from noise. We also began making contact with like minded folks in Freedom, Mars Hill, Lincoln, Danforth and other towns dealing with turbines or working on ordinances to protect residents from having turbines placed too close to homes. InNovember 2009 we invited all of our contacts to meet to discuss a more organized state group and out of that meeting of 27 people came the Citizens Task Force on Wind Power. We also helped formFriends of Maine’s Mountains, which became the non-profit fund raising arm of the wind opposition movement in Maine. FMM contributed toward the legal and professional costs of various permit appeals and a petition to force the Board of Environmental Protection to conduct rulemaking on turbine noise which resulted in a lowering of the nighttime noise limit.
is a Registered Maine Master Guide who blogs at Real Wind Info for Me
and owns Fletcher Mountain Outfitters. David is a
Full time Guide who spends his summers running the Appalachian Trail Canoe Ferry Service across the Kennebec River in Caratunk, Maine. Fletcher Mountain Outfitters offers hunting, hiking, snowshoeing, nature photography, wilderness survival/campcra
ft, as well as firearms safety/marksmanship/self defense, and other custom packages and programs. David is also a Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor for the State of Maine.
Recently David authored and self-published Words On The Wind–One man’s poems and prose on the battle to save rural Maine from industrial wind development
David has been active in most of the wind projects that have come to Maine during the last two years. He was an intervenor before The Land Use Regulation Commission [LURC] in both the Highland Wind Project [Angus King], and the Bowers Mountain [First Wind] Project.
“I Currently have Iberdrola breathing down my neck with a project that will literally be on my property line. They call it ‘The Fletcher Mountain Project,’ and it would cover most of the ridge lines in both Lexington and Concord Townships.
Over the last two plus years I have traveled all over the state of Maine, corresponded with people around the world, been active in lobbying and working with State Government, attended countless meetings, and dedicated most of my time and resources to fighting wind projects and educating people about the truth of industrial wind development, often spending over 100 hours per week on the subject.
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