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"This is a nightmare. I can't believe this is happening in Vermont,' said Beverly Peterson. "I thought Vermont valued its landscapes. I can't believe this is happening and we have to stop it." Pittsford Select Board Chairman Hank Pelkey said the board is gathering as much information, from both sides of the project, so they can make the best informed decision.
About a half hour before the informational event hosted by Eolian began, protesters from Newark and adjoining communities, including East Haven, Sheffield and Sutton and more, started lining up at the entries to the school's driveway on either side. Fifty signs protesting the wind project were purchased and sold.
Developer Chad Farrell of Encore Redevelopment announced Friday afternoon that he has voluntarily withdrawn a plan for two large wind turbines on two Derby farms near the Canadian border, citing mounting costs and international controversy that threatened to overwhelm the resources of his firm and state utility regulators.
Although sound studies conducted by the developer First Wind show the noise level from the Sheffield Wind project is below acceptable levels set by state regulators, Therrien says it still wakes him up some nights. ...
The Wagners were prominent in alerting Cotter and the PSB that Encore had failed to properly notify all abutting landowners about Encore's application for certificates of public good for the two turbines. That failure prompted Cotter to push the hearing schedule back into late summer and to give more time to seek party status for those who were notified late.
The commission submitted a 10-page response to the Vermont Public Service Board on the proposal by Eolian Renewable Energy of Portsmouth, N.H., for the "Seneca Mountain Wind" project. The commission asserts that the proposal is not in conformance with Newark's Town Plan, and argues why it is not the kind of activity Newark wants to occur.
Hartley said she and her neighbors did some research on the Internet and found complaints about shadows and glints of light from the turbines, noise and vibration, and electromagnetic radiation. "It was amazing the different things that we heard and how horrible they were," she said. "It was things we'd never thought about."
Christie Wright of Florence said several weeks ago, town officials asked residents to do their research and get the facts to bring before the developers. She said she is one of the people who "changed her mind" about wind projects. "These are not efficient," Wright said. "Would you sacrifice our mountains and life for 19 percent efficient?"
ISO studied the impact of the Lowell project on the transmission network and concluded that GMP will need to invest in a new voltage control system. The expensive component is called a "dynamic reactive device" and it's designed to balance the impact of that much electricity flowing into the grid.
Saudek warned that if the town doesn't take a stand, the developer can view that as the town dealing itself out. "I'm not sure I would advise not taking a position," he said. Feelings are running high on both sides, Saudek said, calling the situation unstable. He said it may be time to reflect.
MP Jean Rousseau said Sunday, during a rally on the lawn at the international Haskell Free Library, that he will also present a petition opposing two industrial-sized wind turbines in Derby near homes in Stanstead to the Canadian House of Commons this week. Roussea is seeking a unanimous vote of support from the House of Commons for the petition.
Protesters from both sides of the international border gathered on the grounds of the Haskell Library and Opera House in Derby Line Sunday to voice their strong opposition to the proposed Derby Line Wind Project.
Derby Line Wind Project developer Chad Farrell is calling for a slower pace to regulatory hearings in light of all the recent controversy that has spilled across the U.S.-Canadian border. Farrell, of Encore Redevelopment, said he no longer is trying to get quick approval from the Vermont Public Service Board.
Stanstead politicians are applying pressure, both soft and hard, to push their neighbors on the Derby Select Board into opposing the Derby Line Wind Project. On the weekend, Stanstead Mayor Philippe Dutil said he would cut off water to the tiny border hamlet of Beebe Plain, Vt., which is part of the town of Derby.
Hearing officer John Cotter has already told Encore that they should have notified abutting landowners in nearby Stanstead, Quebec. Cotter did not indicate if they would be able to get into the hearing process late in the game. The town of Stanstead has applied to participate in the hearings. Experts with the state are already interviewing Encore experts about the project.
The select board meeting Monday quickly grew heated when the proposed Derby Line wind project was brought up. Chair of the Derby Wind Committee, Sue Best, a town lister, attempted to explain to the select board that attorney Richard Saudek wants to know Derby's official stand on the wind project in order to move forward with the contract.
The amendment to the appropriations bill stated that no agency of the state, including the public service board and the agency of natural resources, shall issue a land use, siting or environmental permit, certificate, or other approval authorizing the construction or operation of any wind generation plant with a plant capacity greater than 2.2 megawatts.
Deputy State's Attorney Sarah Baker wants to stop Lowell wind protesters from using a dispute over who owns the Lowell ridgeline as a defense in their trespassing case. Baker filed a motion Friday in Orleans Superior Court -- Criminal Division asking Judge Robert P. Gerety Jr. to ban the defense from bringing up Don and Shirley Nelson's lawsuit.
The first to speak was Noreen Hession. She accused the developers of downplaying what the met towers indicate. "In some ways, this is really misleading, the 'Oh we're just going to clear a few acres and cover it over with mulch...' You've started out by lying to this community, and I'm very disappointed," she said.
"There's obviously some kind of pattern here. ... Why the Northeast Kingdom? Is it we don't have the people to fight back? Why is it one region, I mean there's wind blowing in other parts of the state. I'm just curious."