Opposition to Maine Boundary Mountains project

Despite the arrival of a new project developer, an environmental group will continue to oppose the wind plant proposed in the Boundary Mountains in western Maine. Zond Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Houston based Enron, announced in May that it had bought the rights and assets connected with a troubled wind project in Maine. The $200 million project was to have been developed on a site near the Canadian border by Kenetech Windpower. The project, along a 26 mile ridge, had been dormant for some time when Kenetech Windpower sought bankruptcy protection in May 1996. The area in question is remote and should be preserved for recreation and forestry, says Pamela Prodan of Friends of the Boundary Mountains. She says the area's soil is fragile and prone to erosion. The area should be safeguarded because it is one of the few in the eastern United States that has not been developed, she continues. "We will continue to oppose the new owner using the deregulation of the electric utility industry as an opportunity to "greenwash" this wind power project," she says.