Planning group in Northeast Kingdom votes for wind moratorium
The resolution - which Stransky said would be incorporated into the energy section of a rewrite of the regional plan - calls for a moratorium of three years, while the planning group evaluates the costs and benefits of wind development, health impacts, transmission requirements, effects on ridgetop environments and impact on property values.
June 29, 2012
by Candace Page
in Burlington Free Press
The regional planning board in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom has voted overwhelmingly for a three-year moratorium on wind energy development in the three-county area.
The vote was 36-3 at a meeting of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association, the regional planning commission for Essex, Caledonia and Orleans counties.
"Small towns up here are feeling overwhelmed," Board Chairman Kenn Stransky of Norton said Friday. He cited the example of a 35-turbine wind project recently proposed for ridgelines in Newark, Ferdinand and Brighton.
"We keep hearing over and over that the cards are stacked against small towns," Stransky said. He said towns with volunteer selectboards and no... [continue via Web link]