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TransCanada Maine Wind Development Pending Actions

Last Updated: September 9, 2010

PENDING DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION

RULE-MAKING PETITION

On July 1, 2009, TransCanada Maine Wind Development, Inc. submitted a rule-making petition to the Land Use Regulation Commission to add a specific parcel of land to the wind power expedited permitting area for the purpose of constructing a wind energy development in Chain of Ponds Twp and Kibby Twp. in Franklin County. On November 9, 2009, TransCanada revised the location of the development, but retained the request to expand the expedited permitting area as proposed. The requested expansion of the expedited permitting area would have the effect of changing the review criteria and process for future wind power development proposals in the expansion area. At the Commission’s August 5, 2009 regular business meeting, the Commission voted to proceed with rule-making, and on September 2nd, and November 4, 2009 the process and the dates of the public comment period and public hearing were discussed.

The Notice of Agency Rule-making containing the public comment period, hearing dates, and other specifics for this project was published by the Secretary of State’s office on November 25, 2009, and is available by following the link below. Written comments on the petition and associated subjects as described in the Notice may be submitted by US Postal Service Mail to “LURC, 22 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0022” or by email to lurc@maine.gov for consideration by the Commission. The Notice has also been posted on the Secretary of State’s website for rulemaking and on LURC’s website.

A paper copy of TransCanada's petition is also available for review by appointment at the LURC Augusta office (207) 287-2631, the LURC Rangeley regional office (207) 670-7492, and the Franklin County Commissioner's office (207) 778-6614 – contact Julie Magoon.

Event or Document
Location
Date
File(s)
Rule Not Adopted  
August 4, 2010

Commission Action (PDF)

Commission Meeting Spectacular Events Center - Bangor, ME
August 4, 2010

Deliberations Memo (PDF)

Agency Rule-making Rebuttal Period Extended to May 19, 2010  
May 19, 2010

Rebuttal (2 MB PDF)

End of written comment period on proposed rule  
April 28, 2010

TransCanada Comment on Rulemaking Post Hearing (9 MB PDF)
Public Comments TC Rulemaking - Partial I (2 MB PDF)
Public Comments - Partial II (6 MB PDF)
Final Kibby Expansion MAS Testimony (.5 MB PDF)
Pre-Filed Testimony of Dr. David Publicover - AMC (1.2 MB PDF)
Pre-Filed Testimony of Catherine B. Johnson - NRCM (PDF)
NRCM Attachments A - C2 (2.4 MB PDF)
MA NRCM AMC Jt Petition Comments (PDF)
MNAP Kibby 2 Comments (PDF)
MNAP F-HLB list (PDF)
BP&L Comments - NE Corp of Engineers(PDF)
BP&L Comments - Alan Stearns
BP&L Review Comments (PDF)
BP&L Comments - MHPC (PDF)

Agency Rule-making Comment Period Extended  
March 17, 2010

Secretary of State Notice

Public Hearing, Part Two: Public Notice of Agency Rule-making: public hearing and comment period

Sugarloaf Inn, 5092 Sugarloaf Access Rd. Carrabassett Valley - 10:00AM

March 17, 2010

Notice of Agency Rulemaking (PDF)
Part II Hearing Testimony (25 MB PDF)
Public Hearing Audio-AM (64 MB MP3)
Public Hearing Audio-AM (35 MB MP3)
Public Hearing Audio-PM (54 MB MP3)
Public Hearing Audio-PM (35 MB MP3)
Public Hearing Audio-PM (11 MB MP3)
Commission Review-Request to Extend Comment Deadline (8 MB MP3)

Project Revision  
March 10, 2010
Cover Letter (PDF)
Legal Description of Revised Proposal (PDF)
Supplement Narrative
(PDF)
FBM Objection (PDF)
Attachment A (PDF)
Attachment B (PDF)
Attachment C (PDF)
Attachment D (PDF)
Attachment E (PDF)
Commission Meeting - Consideration by Commission of Guidance Document Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Rd., Bangor, ME - 9:30AM
March 3, 2010
Commission Memo (PDF)
Wind Power Expedited Area Expansion Guidance Document
(PDF)
End of public written comment period on draft Guidance Document  
February 10, 2010
Written Comments on Draft Guidance Document (PDF)
Commission Meeting - Discussion by Commission of draft Guidance Document Bolton Hill Facility - ME Forest Service
2870 North Belfast Ave, Augusta, ME - 9:30AM
February 3, 2010
Audio (16 MB MP3)
Draft of Guidance Document available for public review  
January 25, 2010
Cover Memo (PDF)
Draft Expedited Area Guidance
(PDF)
Public Hearing, Part One: Public Notice of Agency Rule-making: public hearing and comment period Senator Inn, 284 Western Ave., Augusta, ME - 9:00AM
December 16, 2009

Agenda (PDF)
Event Dates and Deadlines
(PDF)
Power Point Presentation (12 MB PDF)
Wind Power Testimony (7 MB PDF)
Morning Session Audio - Part 1 (38 MB MP3)
Morning Session Audio - Part 2 (40 MB MP3)
Morning Session Audio - Part 3 (38 MB MP3)
Morning Session Audio - Part 4 (50 MB MP3)
Afternoon Session Audio - Part 1 (36 MB MP3)
Afternoon Session Audio - Part 2 (23 MB MP3)
Afternoon Session Audio - Part 3 (38 MB MP3)
Afternoon Session Audio - Part 4 (28 MB MP3)

Notice of Agency Rule-making: published by the Secretary of State, record open  
November 25, 2009
Notice of Agency Rulemaking (PDF)
Rule-making Fact Sheet and draft rule language  
November 25, 2009
Fact Sheet (PDF)
Draft Rule Language (PDF)
Letter from TransCanada revising proposal for windpower project  
November 9, 2009
November 9th letter (PDF)
Commission Memo - Discussion of public hearing date and comment period  
November 4, 2009
Agenda (PDF)
Staff Memo (PDF)
Commission Memo - Discussion of public hearing date and comment period  
September 2, 2009
Agenda (PDF)
Memo (PDF)
Commission Memo - Decision to initiate the rulemaking process  
August 5, 2009
Agenda(PDF)
Memo (PDF)
Petition to Expand Expedited Permitting Area  
July 1, 2009
Petition to Initiate Commission Rulemaking (PDF)
Attachment 1 (32 MB PDF)

Attchment 2 (33 MB PDF)
Attachment 3 and 4 (8 MB PDF)

Attachment 5 and 6 (53 MB PDF)

 

 

PENDING DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION

On December 22, 2009, TransCanada Maine Wind Development, Inc. submitted a permit application to expand its existing Kibby Wind Power Project in Kibby Twp. and Skinner Twp in Franklin County. The project expansion would be located in Kibby Twp. and Chain of Ponds Twp., and would consist of 15 Vestas V90 turbines, access roads, a 34.5 kV collector line, and a substation.

Written comments on the application may be submitted by US Postal Service Mail to “LURC, 22 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0022” or by email to lurc@maine.gov for consideration by the Commission. The Notice Accepting as Complete for Processing below contains the comment period and period for requesting a public hearing.

The application may be viewed by following the link below. A paper copy of TransCanada’s development permit application is also available for review by appointment at the LURC Augusta office (207) 287-2631, the LURC Rangeley regional office (207) 670-7492, and the Franklin County Commissioner's office (207) 778-6614 (contact: Julie Magoon) at 140 Main Street in Farmington, Maine 04938, the Eustis/Stratton Town Office at 88 Main Street in Stratton, Maine, 04982 and the Carrabassett Valley Town Office at 1001 Carriage Road, Carrabassett Valley, Maine 04947.

 

Event or Document
Date
File(s)
Public Comment Deadline
October 12, 2010

DP 4860 - 8th Procedural Order (PDF)

Review of Revised Proposal, September 1st Commission Meeting
September 1, 2010

Public Comment Period Approved (PDF)

Revised Proposal

August 16, 2010

Revised Kibby II Proposal (PDF)
Exhibits 1 and 2 (2 MB PDF)
Exhibits 3 through 5 (1 MB PDF)
Exhibits 6 through 10 (7 MB PDF)
Exhibits 11 through 14 (1 MB PDF)
Exhibits 15 and 16 (6 MB PDF)

Record Reopened

August 4, 2010

Commission Action (PDF)

Draft Decision Document that will be presented at the August Commission Meeting

August 4, 2010

Draft Decision Document (PDF)
Staff Memo(PDF)

July 7, 2010 Commission Meeting
July 7, 2010

DP 4860 Deliberation Notebook (47 MB PDF)

Closing Briefs
June 8, 2010

TransCanada (2 MB PDF)
Consolidated Parties (PDF)
Consolidated Parties Findings of Fact (PDF)
Friends of the Boundary Mountains (PDF)

Post Hearing Submittals
June 1, 2010

TransCanada Post Hearing Comments (PDF)
Consolidated Parties' Rebuttal to TransCanada Comments (7 MB PDF)
Friends of the Boundary Mountains Post-hearing Comments and Rebuttal (9 MB PDF)
Richard Fecteau - Friends of the Boundary Mountains Post-hearing Comments and Rebuttal (PDF)
MDIFW Response to Sixth Procedural Order (3.4 MB PDF)
MDIFW Vernal Pool Field Form (PDF)
DEP NRPA Chapt. 335 - Significant Wildlife Habitat Rules (PDF)
Dave Rocque Response to Sixth Procedural Order (PDF)

Sixth Procedural Order
May 19, 2010

Sixth Procedural Order (PDF)

Transcript
May 11-12, 2010

May 11 PM (PDF)
May 12 AM (2 MB PDF)
May 12 PM (PDF)

Public Hearing Audio
May 12, 2010

May 12 Public Hearing Audio - AM (34 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - AM (21 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - AM (44 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - AM (29 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - AM (32 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - AM (45 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - AM (46 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - PM (23 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - PM (37 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - PM (23 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - PM (24 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - PM (40 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - PM (40 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - PM (41 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - PM (30 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - PM (24 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - PM (39 MB MP3)
May 12 Public Hearing Audio - PM (33 MB MP3)

Public Hearing Audio
May 11, 2010

May 11 Public Hearing Audio - PM (11 MB MP3)
May 11 Public Hearing Audio - PM (46 MB MP3)
May 11 Public Hearing Audio - PM (30 MB MP3)
May 11 Public Hearing Audio - PM (36 MB MP3)
May 11 Public Hearing Audio - PM (27 MB MP3)

MHPC Review Comments
May 7, 2010

Kibby Wind Finding (2 MB PDF)
TRC Letter (6 MB PDF)

Supplemental Materials Submitted Prior to Hearing
May 7, 2010

Table 13 3 (PDF)
Table 13 5 (PDF)
Table 15 1 (PDF)
Table 15 2 (PDF)
Wetland and Stream Maps (7.8 MB PDF)
Marcia Spencer-Famous Cover Letter (PDF)

Testimony Pre-filed by Parties; Visual Impact Assessment Review and Sound Assessment Review
April 21, 2010

TransCananda Testimony (PDF)
Consolidated Parties Testimony (5 MB PDF)
Friends of Boundary Mountains Testimony (2 MB PDF)
Visual Assessment Review (9 MB PDF)
Sound Assessment File (.1 MB PDF) Response to Request for Information (PDF)

Public Hearing Notice: Site Visit and Hearing Scheduled for May 11th and May 12th
Sun Journal and The Original Irregular published April 21, 2010

Notice of Public Hearing

Responses to Agency Review Comments
April 9, 2010

BP&L Response
IF&W Response (2.6 MB PDF)
MHPC Response (1.3 MB PDF)
MNAP Response (2.6 MB PDF)
Soil Scientist Response
Cover Letter

Pre-hearing Memo and Order for DP 4860
March 9, 2010
Pre-hearing Memo and Order (PDF)
Deadline for Review Comments on Development Permit DP 4860
February 26, 2010
BP&L Review Comments (PDF)
IF&W Review Comments (PDF)
MNAP Review Comments (PDF)
Soil Scientist Review Comments (PDF)
Amendment F to DP 4794
February 2, 2010
Application (6 MB PDF)
Revised Engineered Plans for Development Permit DP 4860
January 22, 2010
Engineering Drawings B-13.1 thru C-9 (17 MB PDF)
Engineering Drawings C-10 thru CS-3 (17 MB PDF)

Deadline for requesting public hearing or Intervenor status for Development Permit DP 4860

January 13, 2010
Memo (PDF)
TransCanada Response (PDF)
Public Hearing & Intervener Response
(PDF)
Public Hearing Request (PDF)
Letter of Support (PDF)
Development Permit DP 4860 Application
December 22, 2009
Intro, Table of Contents, Cover Letter(PDF)
Exhibit A(PDF)
Exhibit B 1-13
(PDF)
Exhibit B 14 (PDF)
Exhibit B 14 Attachment (PDF)
Exhibit B 15 and 16 (PDF)
Exhibit B 15 Attachment (PDF)
Engineering Drawings Ex B 13-1 - Part 1 (26 MB PDF)
Engineering Drawings Ex B 13-1 - Part 2 (18 MB PDF)
Engineering Drawings Ex B 13-1 - Part 3 (17 MB PDF)
Notice of Accepting as Complete for Processing
December 23, 2009
Notice(PDF)
Notice of Intent to File
November 25, 2009
Notice(PDF)
Letter from TransCanada revising proposal for windpower project
November 9, 2009
Letter (PDF)
Development Permit DP 4830 - Meteorological Tower Permit (Approved)
August 2009
DP 4830 Cover Letter (PDF)
DP 4830 Signed Permit (PDF
Denial of DP 4830 Public Hearing Request (PDF)

Development Permit DP 4830 - Meteorological Tower Application

March 2009
Application (PDF)
Amended Proposal (PDF)

Soil Survey (PDF)