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Residents voice Grandpa’s Knob concerns  

Credit:  By Lucia Suarez, STAFF WRITER, Rutland Herald, www.rutlandherald.com 27 March 2012 ~~

WEST RUTLAND – Residents are concerned about a proposed wind project on the top of Grandpa’s Knob and want answers from the developer.

At a public meeting with town officials on Monday, residents voiced their concerns regarding the project that included the impact on property taxes in town, the blasting of the ridgeline for wind turbines and the road and it’s affects on the town’s wells and farms.

“We are the Green Mountain State. Are we going to have wind mills throughout the state?,” one person said at the meeting.

Reunion Power, based in Manchester, has proposed a project that would install up to 20 wind turbines along the Grandpa’s Knob ridgeline in West Rutland, Castleton, Hubbardton and Pittsford. Grandpa’s Knob was the site of the first megawatt-scale wind turbine in 1941, which was discontinued after several malfunctions and a wartime parts shortage.

“I am not sure how I feel about the project. I don’t know if I can look at them. I do have concerns. This is a really big issue and we have to look at it for the town,” said John Harvey, Select Board chairman.

To read the full story, see Wednesday’s Rutland Herald.

Source:  By Lucia Suarez, STAFF WRITER, Rutland Herald, www.rutlandherald.com 27 March 2012

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