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Berkshire environmentalist to speak at Feb. 7 Fairhaven Windwise forum  

Credit:  By BETH PERDUE, www.southcoasttoday.com 30 January 2012 ~~

FAIRHAVEN – The co-founder of Green Berkshires, an environmental advocacy group that has opposed a large scale wind energy project in the Berkshires, will speak in Fairhaven next week at the request of Windwise.

Eleanor Tillinghast, executive director as well as co-founder of Green Berkshires, will be the main speaker at Windwise’s Feb. 7 wind forum, according to spokesman Ken Pottel.

Pottel said Windwise invited Tillinghast because she is known as a dynamic speaker who can address many of the issues related to wind energy development.

“She has a powerful message and she seems to be able to bring in all the different aspects of the struggle that many communities are now facing,” Pottel said.

According to an online description, the mission of Green Berkshires is to engage the community in support of science, law and public education to protect the environment. The organization has opposed a project to build 20 wind turbines on mountain ridges in the towns of Florida and Monroe.

Originally set for Feb. 2, Windwise announced late last week that they were rescheduling the forum to Feb. 7. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the VFW on Middle Street. The forum will be conducted in a town hall format and everyone will be allowed to speak, the organization said.

Pottel said Windwise is still working to finalize a panel of speakers who will be available to offer information. Panelists will take questions from the audience about health and financial issues and anything else people might want to ask, according to a Windwise statement.

Windwise is still working to line up panelists but should have representatives from medical fields, including one who can speak about the effects on children, and an acoustic engineer, Pottel said.

Source:  By BETH PERDUE, www.southcoasttoday.com 30 January 2012

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