First Wind is telling us that National Grid, which is based in Rhode Island, is interested in purchasing the electricity generated by the Bowers Mountain wind facility.

Well, isn’t that nice? First Wind and National Grid, evidently, do not see it as an impediment that the Bowers Mountain project doesn’t exist. The Land Use Regulation Commission and the state Department of Environmental Protection have rejected the plan, three times now, as unsuitable for the area.

Somehow, in its desperation, Massachusetts-based First Wind would like someone, anyone, to believe that this proposal by National Grid is a reason for the Board of Environmental Protection to overturn all previous decisions by LURC and DEP.

Really? As the saying goes, denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.

Look at it this way: Could a Maine contractor who proposed to build camps on the Down East lakes that violated environmental laws get the Bureau of Environmental Protection to grant a waiver because he had customers ready to buy them? Of course not.

So why does First Wind think BEP would even consider approval of 40-story industrial structures, overlooking the same watershed, that by definition of the Maine wind-power laws, are illegal?

It’s time for First Wind to just accept the three previous rulings and erect its turbines in Massachusetts.

Jack Gagnon

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