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Residents protest wind project meetings

Protesters gathered on Strongs Ave. near downtown Rutland on Tuesday to advocate against a wind farm project proposed for Rutland County.

About 28 people wearing T-shirts that read “Don’t flatline our Green Mountains,” started to arrive around 5:30 p.m. at the Howe Center.

“We are protesting the project. They want to disrupt the area,” said Nancy West of Castleton. “(We want) to stop them. We hope they stop the project.”

“They have not been transparent and their antics are covert and divisive,” said Vanessa Mills Holmquist of Pittsford about the developers. “It’s been really troubling how they have been working the communities.”

They were referring to Manchester-based wind developer Reunion Power which has proposed a 20 turbine wind farm on the Grandpa Knob ridgeline. The project, which is expected to cost more than $100 million, would be able to produce up to 50 megawatts and touches West Rutland, Castleton, Hubbardton and Pittsford.

Reunion Power has partnered with international developer Nordex USA.

The protestors gathered at the Howe Center on Tuesday, their second consecutive day protesting, because the developer was holding an invite-only meeting with residents from West Rutland who live 1 to 1.5 miles from the proposed site.

To read the complete story, see Thursday’s Rutland Herald.