Belisle responds to officials’ letter opposing turbines

Saint Albans Messenger, September 30, 2015

By MATTHEW PREEDOM Messenger Correspondent

SWANTON – Travis Belisle and Swanton Wind issued a statement late Tuesday morning in response to the Swanton Town Selectboard and the Planning Commission’s letter to the Public Service Board. Belisle took issue with a number of statements in the letter:

“As a lifelong Swanton resident, I am disappointed that town officials have not made more effort to get the facts before rushing to judgment on the clean energy project I am proposing to build on my land,” Belisle said.

“We invited all of them to attend the public informational session we held and only one came. Fortunately, the Certificate of Public Good process is designed to bring accurate, reliable information to light and we are confident that it will show the positive economic and environmental benefits Swanton Wind will provide the local community and the state. The town can and should participate in that process.”

Belisle is referring to the Sept. 10 meeting he held at the Swanton Village Complex. At that meeting, Belisle had many of his consultants available to answer the public’s questions on many of the issues surrounding the development.

According to the sign-in records, chair Dan Billado was the only selectboard member in attendance that evening.

Many of the issues raised in the boards’ letter will have to be addressed in Swanton Wind’s petition for a Certificate of Public Good (CPG). The earliest date that petition can be filed is Oct. 8.

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