January 5, 2013
Letters, Vermont

Tide turning against wind

January 03, 2013 | Rutland Herald via Grandpa's Knob Wind Project

Wind power has been called a contentious issue among residents around the county.

Hubbardton held a townwide vote in which residents rejected Reunion Power’s wind project 94-6. That’s not contentious. That’s more like unanimous. My little town voted down the monstrous, useless project proposed on Herrick, three to one.

In towns where people will actually be affected by a wind project, folks get educated on the issue, and they take action.

I’m not going to drone on about what Steve Eisenberg said in his six-point letter except to say that out of his six points the only thing that was true was half of point six. It is true that the Agency of Natural Resources determined that water quality would not be hurt by the construction of the Sheffield wind project. However, no baseline studies were done of biota in those streams. So it’s a weak conclusion, which other experts disagree with. Not long after, one Sheffield turbine leaked 50 gallons of oil over a 200-foot radius around its base. That couldn’t have been good for the delicate little trout growing in those high mountain streams. I’d also like to note that Leila LaRosa, the communications coordinator for the ANR, used to work for First Wind, which is the developer who built the project.



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