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Green Mountain Power is putting up a number of turbines that will generate power to thousands of homes on Lowell Mountain in Vermont. It's a project Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott supported, but was taken back by it during a recent bike trip. ...Now he wants the state to put a two-year moratorium on any new projects.
The board said that GMP should look at the value of the land as it exists today on the grand list in towns, with the potential for development, versus the value of the land with the development potential lost because of project noise levels.
A new twist on two fronts in the legal dispute surrounding the wind project now under construction on top of Georgia Mountain, and it involves, of all things, Bennington Battle Day ...Also Thursday, the Department of Public Service filed documents before the state Public Service Board seeking relief on a series of permit violations inspectors found in a site visit to Georgia Mountain.
The restraining order prevents neighbors from using the parts of their property near the project for agricultural, recreational, or any other purpose. Residents have been riding horses, walking, training dogs, and grazing cattle in the area around the project site for years. "At no time has anyone from GMCW or David Blittersdorf himself come to us and said they wanted to work with us on these issues.
"I found the report to be overly complex and difficult. I disagree with some of the technical discussions and at times found them to be weak and at times misleading. Unfortunately, there was no requirement or interest to assess the acoustic environment for potential negative human responses; i.e., complaints. This greatly weakens the ability for regulating agencies to understand why people are complaining."
The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) approved a 140-foot turbine in Derby despite the concerns from a neighbor and others and without holding a hearing as requested and without further investigation. The PSB issued the Certificate of Public Good (CPG) July 11.
In short, ridgeline wind is extremely destructive relative to the energy it provides, it is not cost effective and likely will never be, it does not have good overall resource potential in this region, and there are much better alternatives that do have a good cost and resource outlook.
The 68-year-old is a journalist who went from covering the story to being part of the story. Though he said that’s not what he set out to do, he hopes his case will carve out new ground for a journalists’ right to be there when the government is doing its business.cond local authority.
Recently I hiked up to the top of Lowell Ridge to see where 21, 400-foot wind towers will be placed. As I crested the mountain I came face to face with an energy policy that is at war with itself. The environmental destruction taking place there pits those seeking to reverse climate change against those who wish to preserve Vermont's pristine natural resources.
In light of plans he's heard about other wind farms in the Kingdom he urges property owners to be cautious and vigilant about how close to their homes turbines may be sighted. He believes, based on the view and noise, that his property value has gone down.
Controversy continues to mount over the proposed Derby Line Wind Project. Vicky and Daniel Lewis live on Whittier Road, about one mile from where one of the turbines would be located. The Lewises came to the Derby Select Board's regular meeting, Monday evening, prepared with information and many questions for the board.
Farrell said he understands that there is some concern over the project and he wants Holland to have some level of benefit from the project. Some residents have come forward, expressed concerns and asked questions about the project, including the impact on property values and the effects of noise.
Our sense is that the laws pertaining to neighbor v. neighbor nuisances were never intended, or even conceived of, to respond equitably to an issue as far beyond "public nuisances" as this. David's farm is suddenly bordered by Goliath's score of 490-foot windmills and his construction crews numbering in the dozens, with Goliath complaining that David is a nuisance and finding a judge who agrees and enjoins David from using his own property.
McGee says that an injunction preventing people from peaceably assembling on their land violates their constitutional rights. The claim is slightly different from a garden-variety free speech case because people usually do not go to court for the right to protest on their own land.
So, where are these Vermonters saying, "Yes! Take our mountains - destroy our natural resources! We love seeing big business covering all 200 miles of our ridgelines. We love how you manipulate our government, destroy our environment and threaten our neighbors. "
First Wind tried to end the appeal with a cash settlement that, according to one source, jumped to $2-million in a failed effort by the company to reboot negotiations. ...however, the company's offer stretched beyond the appeal. In addition to dropping their appeal, the members of the suit would have been required to sign off on a sound easement against their property. A gag order would have prevented them from talking about it.
We are in a fragile economy, with a glut of electricity available in New England at low cost for the foreseeable future. The price of solar energy is declining every day. More than 90 percent of Vermont's greenhouse gas emissions are from heating and transportation. With so much at stake for Vermont, the prudent thing to do is stop, look and listen. Wind developers and our political leaders owe it to all Vermonters and our wild creatures to make sure we get this right.
Fred Snay asked the utilities to consider the financial impact of the wind project on land values, which are the local residents' retirement plans. "We don't trust government any more," he said.
If the GMP project goes ahead, decision-makers will be viewed as having "destroyed one of the beautiful pristine areas of Vermont ... for no good reason at a time when a better alternative was just about to come into reach."
The project will "significantly alter a 450-million-year-old iconic ridgeline visible throughout Orleans County. As stated in the 2005 Craftsbury Town Plan, our natural features are at the core of our sense of place and our community identity," the commission wrote. The town's three-member Selectboard agreed to endorse the Conservation Commission's letter and send it to the Public Service Board.