SEARSBURG – The Green Mountain National Forest will take comments from the public until Feb. 18 on a proposed 17-turbine, 34-megawatt, wind power facility in Searsburg and Readsboro.
The project has been proposed by Deerfield Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables. Because the project is on U.S. Forest Service land, it must get federal as well as state approval.
The comments are part of a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) which will go along with a previous Draft Environmental Impact Statement done last year.
The Forest Service would prefer comments in writing [see below.
Bayer said the Service will hire a third party to sort the comments, then the service will respond to each accordingly. He said they will go into the Final Draft Environmental Impact Statement where the forest supervisor, currently Colleen Pelles Madrid, will issue a written decision.
Bayer said aside from denying the project the Forest Service can approve it as submitted, or action plans involving less turbines on certain sides of Route 8.
Both drafts are available online at www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/greenmountain/index.htm
Comments can be submitted a number of ways:
* Conventional mail: Bob Bayer, Project Coordinator, USDA Forest Service, 2538 Depot St., Manchester Center, Vt., 05255.
Subject lines should read “Deerfield Wind SDEIS Comments.”
* Telephone: 802-362-2307, ext. 218
* Fax: 802-362-1251
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