Friends of Maine's Mountains

AUGUSTA, Maine — An environmental group fighting a Somerset County wind farm has abandoned its appeal of the state's decision to grant a license for the project, clearing the way for construction.

The Kennebec Journal reports that withdrawal of the appeal filed by Friends of Maine's Mountains means Blue Sky West can build a $398 million, 56-turbine wind farm in Bingham, Mayfield Township and Kingsbury Plantation.

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection was scheduled to hear the appeal Thursday, but that meeting was canceled.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A citizen's group that has opposed wind power development in Maine's western mountains must overhaul its board of directors and implement other reforms, as part of a settlement with Maine Attorney General Janet Mills.