December 16, 2013

Maine wind projects employs hundreds of people

LETTER

For almost a half-century, Maine Drilling & Blasting has been drilling and blasting in Maine. We’ve worked on everything from sewers to ski trails. More recently, we have been a leading provider of the drilling and blasting services related to building wind energy projects, starting with ground breaking for initial access and transmission lines, to tower foundations and rock bolts.

Maine Drilling & Blasting has blasted for more than 98 percent of the commercial wind projects in New England, and has installed more than 2,000 rock anchors for these wind towers. We have watched as this industry has expanded in Maine and employed hundreds of people in good-paying jobs.

If Maine won’t fairly and consistently apply existing regulations to new construction, these companies will find other states and communities where they can invest their funds. Maine Drilling & Blasting and our employees hope that won’t happen. We hope the Bowers Mountain project will be approved and that Maine’s wind energy industry can continue to grow, creating more jobs and more economic opportunity in our state.

Maine Drilling & Blasting has worked on many wind energy projects in Maine, and they all have had impressive economic benefits for the local community; Bowers Mountain is another such project. This project will create jobs, improve Maine’s energy independence and deliver extensive economic benefits to the region. Our employees are relying on the continued growth of wind energy in Maine.

We hope the Board of Environmental Protection will approve this project. Doing otherwise poses a threat to this vital and growing industry in Maine.

William D. Purington, president & CEOMaine Drilling & BlastingGardiner
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