September 23, 2014

Maine Indian tribe aims to build wind project

COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine (AP) – Maine’s Passamaquoddy Indian tribe wants to build a commercial wind farm in eastern Maine.

The Bangor Daily News reported the tribe has reached an agreement with Idaho-based Exergy Development Group to build a $120 million project in a remote area of dirt roads, blueberry barrens and cranberry bogs north of Columbia Falls.

Former lawmaker John Richardson, who’s has been hired as an adviser, said the tribe expects to purchase the land and finalize plans by the end of the year. He said the project would have between 18 and 50 turbines, depending on the results of an ongoing environmental study.

Passamaquoddy Chief Joseph Socobasin of the Indian Township reservation said the project should result in 50 to 100 construction jobs and 15 to 20 permanent jobs once it’s built.

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Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangordailynews.com

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