Expert: Road for turbines is harmless
Green Berkshires is alleging that a proposed 35-foot wide access road to the top of the ridge would harm vegetation and wildlife along 12 different points where the access road would cross intermittent streams that flow down the mountain.
January 25, 2006
by Erik Arvidson
in Berkshire Eagle
BOSTON — A wetlands expert for the proponents of a 20-turbine wind power project on a mountaintop in the town of Florida said that a proposed access road to the site would not disturb the ecosystem in streams that flow down the mountain.
Jeffrey S. Simmons, a wetlands scientist hired by California-based enXco Inc., said there isn't enough vegetation along the streams to be concerned about once the gravel access roads are built up the 2,500-foot Bakke Mountain.
"In essence, you have a channel that lacks vegetation," said Simmons, who works with the firm Woodlot Alternatives Inc. of Topsham,... [continue via Web link]