BANGOR — The state Land Use Regulation Commission Aug. 3 directed its staff to prepare approval documents for the Bull Hill Wind Project, but a final decision is not expected until fall.
Blue Sky East, a subsidiary of First Wind, proposes to build a 19-turbine wind farm on the Bull Hill and Heifer Hill ridges in Township 16. The $70-million development would have a 34-megawatt energy capacity. Each turbine would be about 476 feet tall with blades fully extended.
Blue Sky East attorney Kelly Boden told the commission at its meeting at the Spectacular Events Center in Bangor that the project was on the lowest elevation ridges proposed to date and would have minimal environmental and visual impact.
“There are no overriding public values that outweigh the determination that the Bull Hill Wind Project is appropriately sited,” Boden said. “In fact, it’s an excellent project.”
Lynne Williams, an attorney representing the Concerned Citizens of Rural Hancock County, urged denial of the permit application.
She voiced concerns about the impact on wildlife and views from backcountry recreational areas, including the Donnell Pond public reserved lands.
“We should be protecting the remote experience in this area,” Williams said.
She also said Blue Sky East’s plan for dismantling the wind farm should it ever cease operating was insufficient.