• Tide turning against wind
    January 03,2013
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    Wind power has been called a contentious issue among residents around the county.

    Hubbardton held a townwide vote in which residents rejected Reunion Powerís wind project 94-6. Thatís not contentious. Thatís 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.

    Iím 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 itís 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 couldnít have been good for the delicate little trout growing in those high mountain streams. Iíd 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.

    JUSTIN TURCO

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