The Nature Conservancy (TNC) took out a full page ad in the November issue of Downeast Magazine to thank its benefactors. The list includes:
Wind Developers: First Wind, Emera Maine, Patriot Renewables, Brookfield Renewables (NH)
Contractors: Cianbro, Reed & Reed, James Sewell Co., Sargent Corp.
Law Firms: Verrill Dana, Pierce Atwood, Preti Flaherty
Scenic Consultant: Terrence J. DeWan & Associates
Don’t get me wrong: I don’t condemn these companies for donating to TNC and I don’t condemn TNC for accepting their money.
But I do condemn the wind developers for having TNC testify in support of their projects without disclosing that there is a financial relationship between TNC and the developers, their contractors and the law firms retained by the developers.