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Maine BEP Denies Appeal of Saddleback Ridge Wind Project

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection voted unanimously last week to to deny an appeal of a permit issued by the Maine DEP to Saddleback Ridge Wind to develop a 12-turbine, 33-megawatt wind power project located in and around Carthage, Maine.  The Saddleback project is one of several wind energy generating facilities under development by Massachusetts-based Patriot Renewables.  Opponents of the Saddleback project (several individuals and a group called Friends of Maine’s Mountains) tried to convince the Board that the Maine Department of Environmental Protection had made errors in its review of the project’s potential sound and visual impacts.  Opponents also claimed that the project’s proposed donation of $60K to the Maine Bureau of Public Lands to fund acquisition of conservation land (part of the project’s required demonstration of tangible benefits) was somehow improper.  In denying the appeal, the Board rejected those claims and affirmed the project’s permit, which had been issued after a ten-month review by the DEP.  The Board order denying the appeal is expected to be issued this week.  Opponents will have 30 days from the date they receive the Board’s order to appeal the decision to the Maine Supreme Court.  The Board’s vote on Thursday marked the fifth consecutive time that the Board has rejected an appeal of a DEP-issued wind power project permit.  The developer of the Saddleback project, as well as the developers of all the previous projects whose permits have been affirmed by the Board, was represented by Verrill Dana. 


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Nora Healy Honored With New Lawyer Award at Maine Bar Meeting

Nora Healy, of Verrill Dana’s Energy Practice Group, was awarded the Maine Bar Foundation’s New Lawyer Award at the Maine Bar Fellows breakfast on January 27. 

The accolade, also called the “Arnie” in recognition of Arnold Macdonald’s support for legal services, is awarded to an outstanding lawyer within her first ten years of service who has demonstrated integrity and high personal and professional ethical ideals of increasing access to justice; made outstanding and recognized contributions to the legal profession and to the public good through pro bono service or other contributions; and demonstrated a strong commitment to the objectives and purposes of the Maine Bar Foundation.

During the past several years, Nora has engaged in significant pro bono work.  She represented a prison inmate seeking visitation with his children, assisted victims of domestic violence seeking protection from abuse orders, helped shellfish harvesters form a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of Maine’s coastal waters and shellfish resources, and represented a coalition of environmental organizations in the successful removal of the Fort Halifax dam.  Nora also serves on the boards of the Cleaves Law Library, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, and the Community Television Network, and is a member of the Freeport Shellfish Commission.


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