ST. JOHNSBURY — Green Mountain Power will reimburse a journalist for his legal expenses in defending himself against a trespass charge while covering a protest against construction of a wind power facility on Lowell Mountain.
The charge against Chris Braithwaite, the publisher of the Barton Chronicle, has been dismissed.
The Caledonian Record reported that GMP will pay him $22,500 to settle a civil lawsuit.
Braithwaite was arrested Dec. 5, 2011, along with six protesters after they blockaded construction vehicles on a path to the ridgeline where the wind project was being built.
Braitwaite said the payment covers his legal fees and is a fair resolution.
GMP spokeswoman Dottie Schnure said the company is confident it would have prevailed in the lawsuit but says settling was in the best interest of customers.MORE IN Vermont News
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