Megan Amsler's Letter to State Draws ...

Megan Amsler's Letter to State Draws Selectmen's Ire

There are 3 comments on the Falmouth Enterprise story from Mar 28, 2013, titled Megan Amsler's Letter to State Draws Selectmen's Ire. In it, Falmouth Enterprise reports that:

Just days after it was revealed that Megan C. Amsler of East Falmouth wrote a letter to the state asking that they not provide financial assistance to the town to dismantle its two wind turbines at the Wastewater Treatment Facility, selectmen threatened to remove her from her seat as chairman of the Falmouth Energy Committee for undermining the ... (more)

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Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#1 Mar 31, 2013
Massachusetts Renewable Energy Goal of 2000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy In Danger

The Falmouth Wind Turbines Have To Come Down Here's Why;

Number 1 they are a health issue.

Number 2 Massachusetts has a renewable energy goal of 2000 megawatts of renewable energy by the year 2020 . A taking of residential property and legal action ends all hope of that goal

The only problem with taking the homes for the general good of the community has serious drawbacks. At least one residential home owner is not going to go along with having their home they lived in for the past twenty five years taken away even at fair market value. An eminent domain case can range from being straight forward to extremely complicated. Typically, cases can be tried or resolved within two (2) to three (3) years from the date that the lawsuit is filed

Now here is the argument : The homes are being taken after a project was determined to be breaking state noise regulations making the entire wind project illegal. The home owners are the original stake holders with a bundle of residential property rights. Because made a mistake these home owners have to lose their homes ?

The Falmouth turbines are operating at half speed because they break the law over noise issues . One home owner goes to court because his home is being taken by eminent domain and presents the argument that the town installed a project that is breaking the law and to correct the problem they are going to take his or her home.

As this goes through the court system as years go by other people join the case. Now the class of people ask for class action certification under Massachusetts Civil Procedure Rule 23: Class Actions.

The general out come would be a drawn out 6 to 8 year legal issue maybe more. Another expense for the Town of Falmouth.

The Falmouth residents need to look at the cost of taking homes along with a legal challenge years long while the turbines are costing the town hard cash to operate and then the town could lose the legal challenge..

While the legal challenge is in court until from 2013 to 2020 very few towns in Massachusetts will install wind turbines not knowing how the courts could rule.

Massachusetts has a renewable energy goal of 2000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020. If the Falmouth wind turbines stay up the state will never reach the year 2020 energy goal .

The taking of the Falmouth residential homes end all hope of Massachusetts reaching its renewable energy goals
Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#2 Mar 31, 2013
Massachusetts Renewable Energy Goal of 2000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy In Danger

The Falmouth Wind Turbines Have To Come Down Here's Why;

Number 1 they are a health issue.

Number 2 Massachusetts has a renewable energy goal of 2000 megawatts of renewable energy by the year 2020 . A taking of residential property and legal action ends all hope of that goal

The only problem with taking the homes for the general good of the community has serious drawbacks. At least one residential home owner is not going to go along with having their home they lived in for the past twenty five years taken away even at fair market value. An eminent domain case can range from being straight forward to extremely complicated. Typically, cases can be tried or resolved within two (2) to three (3) years from the date that the lawsuit is filed

Now here is the argument : The homes are being taken after a project was determined to be breaking state noise regulations making the entire wind project illegal. The home owners are the original stake holders with a bundle of residential property rights. Because made a mistake these home owners have to lose their homes ?

The Falmouth turbines are operating at half speed because they break the law over noise issues . One home owner goes to court because his home is being taken by eminent domain and presents the argument that the town installed a project that is breaking the law and to correct the problem they are going to take his or her home.

As this goes through the court system as years go by other people join the case. Now the class of people ask for class action certification under Massachusetts Civil Procedure Rule 23: Class Actions.

The general out come would be a drawn out 6 to 8 year legal issue maybe more. Another expense for the Town of Falmouth.

The Falmouth residents need to look at the cost of taking homes along with a legal challenge years long while the turbines are costing the town hard cash to operate and then the town could lose the legal challenge..

While the legal challenge is in court until from 2013 to 2020 very few towns in Massachusetts will install wind turbines not knowing how the courts could rule.

Massachusetts has a renewable energy goal of 2000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020. If the Falmouth wind turbines stay up the state will never reach the year 2020 energy goal .

The taking of the Falmouth residential homes end all hope of Massachusetts reaching its renewable energy goals
Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#3 Apr 9, 2013
Falmouth's Energy Committee Chair Megan Amsler Sums Up Pro-Wind Turbine Sentiments
Now that Falmouth's Board of Selectmen, to their credit, has finally declared that the Town of Falmouth has no right to harm its own citizens and insisted that they must be removed, regardless of the cost, the wind turbine proponents have abandoned all pretense of concern or sympathy for the innocent victims of this project who suffer the profound adverse impacts on a daily basis.
At this moment of truth, after over two years of intense controversy and a marathon public process to consider how best to "balance" the interests of all stakeholders, the harmful consequences of these installations has been almost universally acknowledged -- by all, that is, except for those, like Ms. Amsler, the Energy Committee Chair, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center who were instrumental in persuading the Town of Falmouth to pursue such a disastrous course.
The fact of the matter this project was championed by Ms. Amsler, the Energy Committee and the MA Clean Energy Center, who convinced various Falmouth town officials and residents of Falmouth that the projects would be entirely benign and provide an unqualified financial bonanza to the Town.
They didn't know what they were talking about. They didn't do their due diligence. They didn't follow Falmouth's own wind turbine bylaws and they didn't provide the requisite public information and discovery process that is required in the prescribed special permit process would have revealed the project's flaws and quite likely spared the Town of Falmouth all of its present agony and onerous financial consequences.
And what do they have to say for themselves now? Are they contrite? Do they apologize for their ignorance and their irresponsibility? Do they ask for forgiveness for leading the Town of Falmouth down this tragic path, which could easily have been avoided if they had only followed Falmouth's own special permit process, to allow some time for Falmouth's Planning Board and Falmouth's residents to evaluate the project and consider the consequences?
No. Instead, they insist that they were right all along. There is nothing wrong with these projects. There is no "proof" of any harmful consequences -- not withstanding the agonized personal testimonies of the affected neighbors -- beyond some occasional "annoyance" by people who don't like the sight of them. The experiences of the victims, as related by them personally, is not "scientific" enough to constitute "proof" for them and the ugly undercurrent to their assertions is that these protests imply that they believe that all of the complainants are lying -- and should be disregarded.
But Ms. Amsler, in her recent comments, has articulated a far uglier sentiment that is a commonplace justification of all of the proponents of wind turbine projects that harm people, or deprive them of their fundamental right to the use and enjoyment of their property.
In a nutshell, Ms. Amsler and her cohorts at the MA Clean Energy Center, at the DOER, in the Governor's office and in other pockets of government whose occupants are committed to this idea at all costs, say that the victims of Wind I and Wind II -- indeed all such "community wind" projects in Fairhaven, or Kinston, or Scituate -- who are always in the minority -- should be sacrificed "for the greater good."
Ms. Amsler goes on to say that it would be a terrible mistake to take down the wind turbines because "it would be detrimental to the town and to the renewable energy industry as a whole."

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