Man who was to testify about Township 37 marijuana farm killed self days before grand jury testimony

Man who was to testify about Township 37 marijuana farm killed self days before grand jury testimony Bangor Daily News, 9/29/12:

"CW also told police that the owner of the Grow was Malcolm, according to the affidavit. He picked out photos of French, MacPherson and Russell from a photo array."

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.

A Call to Action

The pristine wilderness of East Grand Lake is on the verge of being destroyed. An industrial wind farm of 40+ story tall wind turbines could be erected along Greenland Ridge on the Arm of East Grand Lake. A wind farm of this size would tower over the lake. Its flickering blades during the day, flashing lights at night, and low, rumbling noise could destroy the wilderness beauty of East Grand.

KIG is a citizens' group formed in December 2011 to oppose this project and join forces with other organizations to help protect East Grand Lake. We already have over 225 members and are growing daily. This website provides information on this potential project (Overview), the economic and environmental problems with wind farms in valuable scenic areas of Maine (The Issues, Wind Power), links to other organizations and resources (Links), and what you can do to help (Join Us).

The situation is urgent. We do not have much time. If you wish to help protect East Grand Lake from this environmental disaster, please join us and keep coming back to this site for updated information.

Take a Stand to Keep It Grand!

Zach Ross, President, KIG

Anticipated Project Location

We anticipate a project will be proposed for Greenland Ridge, approximately along the line marked in red on the map above.

Keep It Grand Reaches 300 Members

Feb
28

PRESS RELEASE

Keep It Grand Formed to Fight Invasive Wind in Northern Maine

Danforth, ME
April, 2012

Keep It Grand (KIG), a citizens' organization formed on December 17th, 2011 to protect and preserve the natural beauty of East Grand Lake (Danforth, ME) and its surrounding watershed, announced today that it has garnered the support of over 300 members. KIG’s membership drive has recently begun in response to the threat of invasive wind development on East Grand Lake. The organization believes that an industrial wind farm, likely to be proposed for Greenland Ridge, adjoining the “Arm” of East Grand Lake, could have a devastating impact on the beauty and use of this exceptional natural resource. KIG believes that achieving sustainable energy production is a critical national environmental goal, but must be accomplished efficiently and without undue harm to unique and beautiful natural environments such as the East Grand Lake area. Wind farm projects, such as the completed Rollins Mountain project in Lincoln and the proposed project on Bowers Mountain in Carroll Township, are potential sources of abrupt and alarming impacts on the environment and economy in these communities. KIG believes that wind farms constructed on sites like Greenland Ridge may come with great environmental costs, jeopardize tourism and sport industries, and fail to support a greener and more sustainable Maine for all.

Keep It Grand seeks to protect 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.

http://www.keepitgrand.org
contact@keepitgrand.org

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