[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind project faces appeal  

Credit:  DAWSON RASPUZZI, Staff Writer, Bennington Banner, www.benningtonbanner.com 27 February 2012 ~~

SEARSBURG – An environmental group has appealed last month’s decision by the U.S. Forest Service to allow the erection of 15 wind turbines in the Green Mountain National Forest in Searsburg and Readsboro.

The appeal filed by the nonprofit group Vermonters for a Clean Environment cites negative impacts on the wilderness, water quality and a conflict of interest in the Forest Service’s decision. The group has requested a response from the USFS within 45 days.

“The permit decision violates federal laws on numerous grounds – conflict of interest, failure to independently evaluate noise and aesthetics, the impacts of blasting and the impacts to groundwater, the changed circumstance regarding bats, and the degradation of the neighboring George D. Aiken Wilderness, to name a few,” Annette Smith, the executive director of VCE, said in a media release.

The project proposed by Deerfield Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of the Spanish company Iberdrola Renewables, is to build 15 wind turbines nearly 400 feet high and spaced a half-mile apart on the ridgelines to the west of Route 8 in Readsboro and east of Route 8 in Searsburg. Together, the turbines are expected to produce 30 megawatts of power.

The project, which the Vermont Public Service Board approved in 2009, would be the first of its kind on Forest Service land.

VCE is working with a team of lawyers and
researchers on the appeal of the project. “We believe we have a very strong case,” Smith said, “and we understand the important precedents this case will set.”

In addition to numerous negative impacts on the wilderness and water quality, VCE claims experts who prepared the independent analysis for the Forest Service were also working for Iberdrola on a wind project in New Hampshire at the same time.

VCE’s appeal has been filed with the Forest Service’s Eastern Regional Forester Chuck Myers, based in Milwaukee, Wis.

Source:  DAWSON RASPUZZI, Staff Writer, Bennington Banner, www.benningtonbanner.com 27 February 2012

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.