St. Albans, Commentary, Wind Industry and Its Lies, May 13, 2017
The saga of wind turbine noise goes on and on.
Vermont’s Public Service Board has proposed new noise rules and Big Wind doesn’t like them. The industry has kicked its disinformation campaign into high gear.
I first wrote about this three years ago after a PSB noise “workshop” in Morrisville. After the Morrisville workshop, I mapped the addresses of the neighbors who spoke and measured their distances from the nearest turbine. People who live close to the turbines report more problems than those who live further away. People east of the turbines suffer more than people west of the turbines. This is an important fact when thinking about GMP’s Lowell turbines. Those turbines encroach on Lowell’s eastern boundary with the Town of Albany: Lowell gets the tax breaks and Albany suffers the consequences. It’s the same story a few towns away: Sheffield gets the money and Sutton gets the problems.
On May 2nd, the PSB held a public hearing in Lowell on its proposed noise rules. Some of the same people who spoke in Morrisville spoke again. Some of them were misinformed—they thought that the new rules would apply to existing turbines (they won’t). They wanted to protect the industryfunded tax breaks that they feared might be in jeopardy—the tax breaks that they receive at the expense of their neighbors’ health. Continue reading
St. Albans Messenger Letter to the Editor, May 11, 2017
ST. ALBANS —“Two local businesspeople are seeking to build a new marina at St. Albans Bay”.
SWANTON–Two local businesspeople are seeking to build an industrial wind turbine project on Rocky Ridge.
ST ALBANS—“The applicants, Charles “Chuck” Lowe and Rene Boissoneault of St. Albans Bay Lake Homes LLC, are requesting conditional use and site plan approval for a 154-berth marina on Georgia Shore Road”.
SWANTON– The applicants, Travis and Ashley Belisle of Swanton Wind LLC are requesting a Certificate of Public Good (CPG) from the Public Service Board (PSB) for seven 499 foot turbines on Rocky Ridge Road.
ST ALBANS—“The (marina) proposal went before the town’s Development Review Board (DRB) Thursday night (Oct 13, 2016) with area landowners expressing comments and concerns”.
SWANTON– The wind turbine proposal is presently before the Public Service Board (PSB) with area home owners expressing comments and concerns in Montpelier on Thursday night (May 4th).
ST ALBANS—“Lowe spoke with his neighbors who expressed interest”.
SWANTON– Belisle spoke with his neighbors who expressed disinterest. Continue reading
St. Albans Messenger, Letter to the Editor, May 10, 2017
Regarding the Letter to the Editor on May 6, 2017 by Charles Lowe, it is abundantly clear whose “Koolade”, Mr. Lowe has been drinking. His verbal attack on Governor Phil Scott’s position on Industrial Wind is proof he has only listened to the Belisles, and their attorney, Anthony Irrapino. “On the very day the Belisle family announced their extensive permit application, Scott met with a group of opponents….” What is missing in that point, several months before, Dustin and Christine Lang, the closest neighbors to the project, requested and had a hearing with the Public Service Board regarding a met tower that had been built and used without a Certificate of Public Good. In addition, Swanton Wind had built an access road on contiguous property owned by the Dubie family, without their knowledge or permission. The Town of Swanton held a vote and the project was rejected by a nearly 4 to 1 vote.
I strongly suggest to Mr. Lowe, that he read the diaries of the Nelson Family of the Lowell Wind Project. It is available in public record, and details its impact on their health and overall life. Their experience is common for people who live in close proximity to Industrial Wind projects. There are over 125 homes within a mile of this project. Are those impacted by these projects collateral damage? Continue reading
St. Albans Messenger, May 9, 2017
Concerns addressed in discovery
By TOM BENTON
Messenger Staff Writer
SWANTON — Swanton Wind’s responses to a second round of discovery in its regulatory review provide clear answers to questions frequently raised by the project’s critics — particularly, whether there is a Vermont-specific need for the power.
Leslie Cadwell, Swanton Wind’s attorney before the Public Service Board, issued responses to discovery questions from the Burlington Electric Department (BED), the Department of Public Service (DPS), not to be confused with the Public Service Board, and to Green Mountain Power (GMP).
The project’s responses to GMP’s questions are most noteworthy.
When GMP asked the project to describe “whether the facility is needed to meet present or future demand specific to Vermont customers,” Swanton Wind responded that the project can help GMP meet one of two directives outlined in GMP’s 2014 Integrated Resource Plan: to “enable and/or invest in cost-effective renewable and distributed generation.”