www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/articles/c38+107?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27ZWindmill plans tied up .364132012-10-25T18:41:56Z2012-10-25T18:41:56ZVermonters for a Clean Environment (VCE), along with the Wilderness Society and Defenders of Wildlife, are trying to block the plan. VCE recently filed a motion for summary judgment in US District Court, claiming the project planning did not correctly carry out evaluation processes required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).Bat permit issued for First Wind .363892012-10-23T20:43:03Z2012-10-23T20:43:03ZThe Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) has issued the first permit of its kind for a wind project in the state allowing a small number of fatalities of endangered bats, which could collide with the turbine blades or be affected by the pressure changes created by the rotating turbines.First Wind permit for βTaking' endangered bats controversial .359052012-08-29T12:34:46Z2012-08-29T12:34:46ZWithout the permit, now in its draft form, First Wind would be prohibited by law from any fatalities of the endangered bat species as a result of its activity at the Sheffield site.
The Boston-based First Wind company is seeking the permit citing economic hardship.Sheffield Wind files for bat permit, conducts study.356172012-07-26T02:51:43Z2012-07-26T02:51:43ZSheffield Wind, whose 16-turbine, 40-megawatt utility scale project in the Northeast Kingdom went on line last fall, has filed for the permit because a fungus has decimated Vermont bat populations and placed them on the endangered or threatened species list. "White-nose syndrome" has caused mortality of more than 90 percent of the population of little brown and long-eared bats in the state.ANR cites concerns over possible wind project.350482012-05-24T05:44:45Z2012-05-24T05:44:45ZEnvironmental concerns around the sites in Brighton and Ferdinand where a New Hampshire wind project developer is seeking to place meteorological towers have the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources suggesting a limit on when the sites can be disturbed.Wind opponent gets bird's-eye view of Lowell development.348782012-05-01T13:17:43Z2012-05-01T13:17:43ZWright captured the bird's-eye view of the development from between 500 and 1000 feet above the construction site, where GMP is rushing to complete the wind project by the end of the calendar year. Wright finds himself on one side of a fierce debate over wind power in Vermont that pits environmentalists worried about habitat destruction against environmentalists worried about renewable energy. Natural resources concerned about wind project.339712012-01-03T16:56:17Z2012-01-03T16:56:17ZAccording to an email from Deputy Secretary Christopher Recchia "(the agency) did not see a way of overcoming these resource obstacles, as there is no opportunity for nearby off site compensation that could maintain the connectivity goal, not to mention the steep hurdle of the natural communities on the site."Biologists raise questions about Lowell wind project.308202011-01-20T13:34:32Z2011-01-20T13:34:32ZState biologists have raised questions about how a wind energy development planned for the Lowell mountain range in the Northeast Kingdom might affect wildlife in the region.
Public asked to comment on wind project.304782010-12-22T17:56:19Z2010-12-22T17:56:19ZThe Green Mountain National Forest will take comments from the public until Feb. 18 on a proposed 17-turbine, 34-megawatt, wind power facility in Searsburg and Readsboro.
The project has been proposed by Deerfield Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables.
Fish & Wildlife opposes wind farm.260362010-03-09T10:47:59Z2010-03-09T10:47:59ZA proposed wind farm in Ira could face opposition from the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, according to a state official.
In a letter dated Dec. 22, Fish and Wildlife community ecologist Eric Sorenson told Vermont Community Wind Farm that the company's plan to put up as many as 45 turbines in the area would have "an undue adverse effect" on the area.
Supplemental impact statement in the works.238912009-10-29T18:44:59Z2009-10-29T18:44:59ZThe US Forest Service is one step closer to issuing a decision on the Deerfield Wind Project. The Manchester Ranger District of the Green Mountain National Forest has reviewed the Public Service Board's approval and the public comments it received regarding last year's Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Now the forest service is ready to release a supplemental report on their latest findings. But despite the new information, some state officials are urging the forest service take extra precautions before they make a final decision.Windmills: an icon of good or evil?.235622009-10-11T15:01:38Z2009-10-11T15:01:38ZSitting shoulder to shoulder in the portrait room at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, community members listened intently to panelists before engaging in a somewhat heated debate about windmills and nature. Lights were dimmed as images emerged of Don Quixote's jousting windmills and of dead bats to illustrate the wind-energy debate.
The presentation, titled "Windmills: Viewed through the lens of art, science, and animal impact" included panelists Patrick Marold, Thomas Tailer and Scott Darling in this culminating event of a three-part series, "The Energy Project Vermont," a partnership between ECHO and Burlington City Arts with the support of University of Vermont.
Windmill project churns through permitting.211082009-05-07T11:20:26Z2009-05-07T11:20:26ZAlthough the Public Service Board granted the Deerfield Wind Project a certificate of public good, there remains a lot of work ahead. Now the wind project must obtain approval from federal and state agencies, and officials say it may be another year before construction of the wind turbines can commence. ...According to U.S. Forest Service supervisor Meg Mitchell, the forest service is reviewing the PSB decision. Mitchell said the forest service is also looking at submitted comments from the draft environmental impact statement. Turbines need Forest Service approval.209262009-04-26T08:11:22Z2009-04-26T08:11:22ZThe Vermont Public Service Board has issued a certificate of public good for the Deerfield Wind Project, but the work must still be approved by the U.S. Forest Service.
"They've cleared a major hurdle, but there's still a good bit of the race left to run," Meg Mitchell, supervisor of the Green Mountain National Forest, said Tuesday.
Public help sought in tracking sick bats.195602009-01-19T12:12:04Z2009-01-19T12:12:04ZMassachusetts and Vermont wildlife officials are asking the public to help identify bats affected by a mysterious illness known as white nose syndrome.
This time of year, bats are normally hibernating in caves and in abandoned mines across the Northeast. But researchers are getting reports of bats weakly flying around in broad daylight or dying on decks and in backyards.
State warns wind project will impact bear habitat.187082008-11-07T14:53:22Z2008-11-07T14:53:22ZThe proposed Deerfield Wind project, an expansion of the state's only existing wind energy facility in Searsburg, could have a big effect on the bear population in the area.
But exactly how big is a matter of dispute, with the U.S. Forest Service hedging its bets until the Vermont Public Service Board makes a decision on whether construction of the 17-turbine project would be in the "public good." The state technical hearings on the project, postponed from September, are due to start in early December. ...Forrest Hammond, a wildlife biologist and bear expert for the state of Vermont, said the bear habitat on the western ridge was so important to the regional bear population that the agency had gone on record against the western part of the project.
Wind project runs into bear trouble.180592008-09-21T12:08:56Z2008-09-21T12:08:56ZThe health of black bears on two remote ridgelines in southern Vermont has emerged as a key issue in the decision on whether to permit 17 wind turbines in the Green Mountain National Forest. ..."The proposed project construction and other associated human activities represents a potentially huge adverse impact to the black bears and their habitat at a level far above any that ANR has ever allowed to be permitted," state wildlife biologist Forrest Hammond said in testimony filed with the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB).
Bear habitat cited as key issue in Searsburg wind turbine project.179342008-09-12T10:28:10Z2008-09-12T10:28:10Z
The Green Mountain National Forest has postponed making a recommendation on whether Deerfield Wind LLC should get a special use permit to build wind turbines on national forest land.
Meg Mitchell, the forest supervisor, said she decided to defer making a decision until the Vermont Public Service Board finishes reviewing the project and makes a decision.
At the same time, officials issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed project, which would be the first on forest service property, raising concerns about its impact on bears.
Mysterious bat disease confirmed in Dorset cave.142182008-02-19T21:21:38Z2008-02-19T21:21:38ZA new mysterious and deadly illness of bats has struck New England's largest bat cave, a cavern in a Dorset mountain where 23,000 bats spend the winter, a state wildlife biologist confirmed today.
Scott Darling saw the signs as he approached Aeolus cave Thursday. Carcasses of the tiny creatures lay in the snow. More bats flitted around the mouth of the cave, unnatural behavior for a frigid February day.
"It was as though they were running out of energy and their last effort was to go outside in search of food," Darling, a biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, said today.
Mysterious disease threatens the survival of North American bats; Conservation groups ask for immediate protections.138912008-01-29T23:44:13Z2008-01-29T23:44:13ZIn response to information about a mysterious illness that has been associated with the deaths of more than 8,000 bats, conservation groups today asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to close all bat hibernation sites and withdraw all federal permits to âtakeâ â that is, harm or kill â imperiled bats until the cause of the deaths is understood. One species of bat that is at risk is the endangered Indiana bat.
While details are limited, scientists have given the name âwhite-nose syndromeâ to describe a Fusarium mold that is exhibited around the dead batsâ noses. The syndrome is associated with the discovery of thousands of dead bats in at least two Albany, New York-area caves last winter. ...The Indiana bat is one of the most endangered terrestrial mammals in the world.