Malcolm French, Haynes Timberlands indicted

Greenland Ridge Wind Towers

A potential disruption to the proposed industrial wind project on Flagstaff Mountain and Greenland Ridge, developed through a partnership between Cianbro Corporation and the landowner, Malcolm French, erupted this week. Mr. French and his company, Haynes Timberlands, were both indicted by a Federal Grand jury in connection with a pot-growing operation in Township 37, Washington County, ME. The operation, discovered by drug agents in September, 2009, is one of the largest operations of its kind in New England, netting nearly three thousand mature plants and having an estimated value between $8M and $9M. The property was owned by Haynes Timberlands and was financed by H. C. Haynes Inc. Other arrests were made on multiple of charges.

It is unclear which lands, if any, will be placed under Federal liens pending resolution of the case.

There has been no news related to how the ongoing case will specifically affect the East Grand industrial wind project. How the principals intend to move forward is, at this point, speculative.

Five Mainers and Timberland Company Indicted in Massive 2009 Down East Pot Seizure Bangor Daily News, 9/24/12

Big drug bust, high stakes in Down East Maine Portland Press Herald, 9/27/12

Keep it Grand remains committed to protecting the natural integrity and scenic beauty of East Grand Lake, its watershed and surrounding landscape from environmental threats and inappropriate development activities such as industrial scale wind power through advocacy and public education.