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Siting chairman resigns; Private talk on turbines raised objections

PROSPECT – The Connecticut Siting Council’s chairman resigned Thursday after an attorney for a group opposed to a commercial wind project in Prospect reported that he had discussed the proposal in a private conversation last week.

Attorney Jeffrey J. Tinley, who represents Save Prospect Corp., filed a letter Tuesday with the council, reporting an “ex parte communication” on March 18 by Chairman Daniel F. Caruso, who is a judge of probate in Fairfield.

The conversation centered on a pending petition by BNE Energy Inc. of West Hartford to build two wind turbines at 178 New Haven Road.

According to Tinley’s letter, Caruso asked Tinley to remain in his chambers after a probate hearing. After each of Caruso’s comments, Tinley said he tried to deflect the questions in a “nonsubstantive way,” the letter reads.

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