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Neighbors build fence in protest of Irasburg wind project

Residents in Irasburg are continuing to speak out against construction of two proposed wind turbines. Saturday a group gathered to make a visual statement against the project.

Arthur Stone lives on 26 acres in Irasburg, a town he says is full of close-knit, supportive neighbors.

“We’re all about community up here, and the big industry stuff, it’s not for us,” said Stone.

He’s one of many residents in the town opposing a project that could bring two, 500 foot wind turbines to a property on Kidder Hill Road. On Saturday, more than a dozen people with the Irasburg Ridgeline Alliance came out to build fences along two properties nearby and make a statement that they don’t want the wind turbines near their homes. Stone’s land is hosting one fence.

“Well it’s just if you want to come on my property you should stop and ask. You know, I think that’s the biggest thing,” said Stone.

Susan Wahl is another homeowner on Kidder Hill Road. She says that she became concerned about the project after hearing what others had to say about their firsthand experience living near wind turbines.

“And she said that they do get noise. It’s probably not every night. It could be two nights out of the week, three nights out of the week, but when it’s there, they cannot sleep all night,” said Wahl.

Stone says that people from across the town and state came out to support their mission and build 30 feet of fencing.

“Everybody that’s come out, I mean, I know quite a few kids from sterling College. We do some work over there. It’s amazing they’re bringing the whole crew out. All the neighbors, all the townsfolk are here. Yeah it’s great,” said Stone.

The turbines would be placed on land owned by David Blittersdorf, CEO of Williston based company, AllEarth Renewables. WCAX reached out to Blittersdorf for a response to Saturday’s event, but he declined to comment. 97% of voters in the town voted against the turbines, but residents say the final decision will ultimately be in the hands of the Public Service Board.

“It’s going to affect all the people that live here, and when you think about it, you have three people that’s on the Public Service Board that’s going to decide what’s going to happen. It’s going to decide, basically, your future,” said Wahl.

Many in the group say they support renewable energy sources, but they do not believe their neighborhood is the right place for the structures.