Eleven wind turbines will be installed in this expansion.
BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Land Use Regulation Committee voted in favor of TransCanada Maine Wind's application to expand its Kibby Mountain-2 wind farm. This means 11 new turbines will be installed.
Protestors stood outside Spectacular Events Center in Bangor. They were holding up signs expressing their concerns about expanding a project that, in their opinion, is already causing damage. One group of protestors known as Friends of the Boundary Mountains say their goal is to preserve the Boundary Mountains for forestry, recreation, and wildlife habitat. They believe this expansion will continue to destroy Maine's natural beauty. Catherine Caroll, the director of LURC, says this was not an easy decision for the commission.
"The bottom line is will this project have an undue adverse impact," Caroll said. "That's verbatim in the LURC law, and as you can see, that's very broadly worded and it requires a great deal of balancing and ultimately using their best judgment."
Even though the project has been approved, any person or party has the right to appeal the decision to the Maine Superior Court, however, this will not delay LURC from beginning construction of the expansion.