A group of New Jersey power companies proposes installing thousands of windmills in state and federal waters in a mega windfarm stretching from Maine to South Carolina.
Critics say that by the so-called "Fishermen's Energy" consortium is run by giant power companies and would place choice areas of the Gulf of Maine "commons" under absentee corporate control, resembling the corporate ownership of the Maine Woods. The plan awaits legislative action on LD 1810, which would open Maine state waters to the New Jersey utilities
figurehead spokesman for Fishermen's Energy said that a group of New Jersey corporate fishing fleet owners decided to give up their fishing grounds in exchange for jobs servicing the steel behemoths the big energy companies want to install off the Atlantic coast.
In return, the giant energy corporations get to market themselves as a "community-based offshore wind development". This branding is important. Under that designation, energy companies are immune from important environmental laws and regulations.
Are Mainers ready to have the waters off their shores placed under absentee corporate control? (NJ-based, no less?)
If not - a reasonable guess, then you better make your point of view known to the Maine legislature before Thursday afternoon, when the Utility and Energy Committee decides what to do with the bill LD 1810. HERE'S HOW:
Tell them to
(1) amend the bill by cutting away everything dealing with leasing state waters for windfarming. This cuts LD 1810 from 36 pages to 1 paragraph. Leave the state waters issues to be considered AFTER the coastal fisheries and communities have weighed in on the wording, in 2012
Or (2) turn the full LD 1810 bill into a Resolve, and run it past the fishing and sailing communities as well as the Marine Resources and Natural Resources committees for a year with legislation coming up in 2012;
Or (3) vote LD 1810 Ought Not to Pass
Send it to Davy Jones' Locker, where it belongs.
Our politicians are getting a lot of flack and pressure from the wind industry. As long as you contact as many of them as you have time to, once or twice more before the Thursday work session on the bill, the Legislature will not do anything they understand might risk Maine's fisheries getting overwhelmed by a sprawl of wind leases in state waters.
They should be told again and again, the bill is too much, too risky, and too late in the session.
Either vote it Ought Not to Pass, Amputate it of all state waters sections, or turn it into a Resolve for further study. Nothing else is acceptable!
It's your Gulf of Maine. Deal with it!