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All towns should be compensated  

I read with interest the recent article in The Deerfield Valley News about discussions regarding the amount of money to be paid to the towns of Searsburg and Readsboro by PPM Energy, should the proposed wind farm expansion in the Green Mountain National Forest be approved.

While the proposed turbines are located in Searsburg and Readsboro, their impact on neighboring Wilmington would be substantial, particularly for residents living in the viewshed of the ridgeline.

Should we not be compensated as well? What about the potential decline in the value of our real estate?

Studies in Massachusetts regarding the proposed offshore Cape Wind project predicted substantial decline in real estate values if the turbines are in the viewshed of homes there.

It is clear that the change in view from a pristine ridgeline to an industrial wind factory with flashing lights is not desirable for any potential property owner.

Perhaps more important, aside from the monetary value, what about the decreased enjoyment of our property because of the turbines?

This is worth money, and we, as a town or individuals, should be compensated.

Richard Mattern


The Deerfield Valley News

12 June 2008

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