Ordinance will discourage wind industry in Rumford
To the Editor:
The citizens of Rumford have voted to accept the very negative third wind ordinance.
This ordinance was prepared by people with very little knowledge of a wind facility. They did receive some help some anti-wind people from the first wind ordinance and others. The third wind ordinance committee did not work with any person from a wind facility company or the Department of Environmental Protection.
The DEP has engineering personnel trained on wind projects for the protection of all Maine citizens with their standards and wind project laws. They perform inspections for adherence to their laws protecting towns from lawsuits if Rumford had to inspect a wind facility.
I believe the acceptance of the third wind ordinance will discourage any wind industry locating in Rumford. A wind project would benefit the town with tax revenue and needed jobs in this area.
I am a pro-wind supporter and believe we need to start cleaning our environment. I believe it's time to reduce pollution from fossil fuel plants. The United States should not be sacrificing our American troops by sending them to foreign countries fighting to provide needed oil resources for our consumption here in the U.S.
It's a shame the Town of Rumford voters did not understand the full extent of a "yes" vote to the community. Towns and counties with a wind facility have received income and clean jobs with no pollution. With the mill closes, it will be too late for a wind company to come here.
The landowners have lost the sale or easement income from the acceptance of the third ordinance. Now will the town give the landowner a tax break? I don't think so.
The only way they can show their disappointment is to close all their land for public use in Rumford. They are the big losers caused by the Rumford citizens.
Richard A. McInnis,