#81 Aug 22, 2012
In June 2010, the Public Service Board (PSB) issued a Certificate of Public Good for the 10MW wind project. Later in hearings on appropriate project setbacks, the Board approved 155 foot setbacks from neighboring property lines. This decision came against the recommendation of the Department of Public Service (DPS) and other parties in the case. During the hearings DPS recommended using a standard of at least 1.1 times turbine height, which would have been a minimum of 440 feet in this case. The Blittersdorf project plans to use Chinese-made Goldwind turbines that are over 400 feet tall.
#82 Aug 22, 2012
The restraining order prevents neighbors from using the parts of their property near the project for agricultural, recreational, or any other purpose. Residents have been riding horses, walking, training dogs, and grazing cattle in the area around the project site for years.
#83 Aug 22, 2012
“At no time has anyone from GMCW or David Blittersdorf himself come to us and said they wanted to work with us on these issues. Instead they have resorted to using their expensive lawyers to take our land completely without compensation.
#84 Aug 22, 2012
“Apparently this is the new rule of law in Vermont. As long as you say you are building a renewable energy project you are allowed to do whatever you want"
#85 Aug 22, 2012
Who is looking out for the neighbors? It is obvious that the PSB’s and the Shumlin Administration’s support for large wind projects gives developers a sense of entitlement that leads to abusive actions,” said Energize Vermont Executive Director Lukas Snelling.
#86 Aug 22, 2012
What have we done, Vermont?
I traveled to Sherbrooke, Canada from Burlington recently. I decided to drive through Vermont via Newport so I could see some of the beautiful Vermont countryside that I so love. Driving up Vermont 100 past Eden, I was looking forward to traveling Vermont 58 from Lowell to Irasburg. The views to the north towards Jay Peak and the mountain ranges are absolutely breathtaking! In fact the entire road is in my opinion the most picturesque in the state.
I was completely astonished when we turned a bend in the road a little way up the highway. On the left perched high above the sweeping farmland, forests and neat farms were gigantic wind turbines. They seemed much bigger than any I have ever seen elsewhere. They were in various stages of being built. Patches of forest had been ripped apart and I was overcome with sadness and dismay.
I knew wind turbines were being built and there was controversy about them, however I didn’t realize what it was all about until I saw it for myself. I love this area as much as I treasure our view here in Burlington -- Lake Champlain for instance. I would be shocked and dismayed if they were being built here. I now understand. What have we done Vermont?
#87 Aug 22, 2012
Dan King · Top Commenter
Good question Ms. Holmes. Better get used to it, our Governor and the Legislature value unsightly and inefficient green energy to the beautiful landscapes in VT. Yet a business can't put a 10' sign near a roadway but we can have 450' wind towers desecrating our beautiful ridgelines.
#88 Aug 22, 2012
No I'm talking Nukedom the energy industry alone-- the Chernobyl cancers were Over One Million (documented-google it), and the thousands+ to be dying young from Fukushima (already started) and from other nuke screwups and major leakers like TMI and Hanford and Sellafield and the others, that all adds to more than 2 million, especially after the next soon coming meltdown(s) of other such dirty bombs, perhaps also on faultlines like the NYC area one and in CA and more and perhaps also GE Mark I reactors being pushed years past their designed CAPACITY, and waiting for the right sized tremor which is possible even around Boston as it had years ago
so at least 2 million proven, which is why I said 'Millions'.
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#89 Aug 23, 2012
#90 Aug 23, 2012
In recent weeks, Vermont gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock (R) has been building a solid case that for me—personally speaking—makes it unlikely that I will vote to reelect Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) in November.
#The latest flap is the governor’s shameless pursuit of the legalize marijuana demographic.
#Last week, it was disclosed, the governor personally contacted Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
#It appears Gov. Shumlin volunteered to help NORML as its national spokesman—really! I guess the use of the guv’s smiling mug and his words of weed wisdom—far out, man—are sought after, providing there’s a 2012 campaign contribution in the offing.
#An Wall Street Journal report noted that Shumlin’s “volunteer” endorsement of the nation’s oldest legalize pot-smoking organization could yield him between $10,000 and $20,000 from NORML folks. Sweet. That little bit of weeding and dealing would make Nancy Botwin of television’s “Weeds” proud.
#“Talk about misplaced priorities and setting a bad example,” Brock retorted, regarding the governor’s kooky idea, last week. Yeah, really—what was the governor thinking?
#You have to ask yourself: why would a respectable, sitting governor want to become a pothead-poster boy?
#Is Gov. Shumlin a closet Grateful Dead fan yearning to be free?
#Maybe he’s a an hippie missing the altered reality and flower powwer of the Summer of Love?
#Pardon my pun, but this latest incident is just more smoke and mirrors from Gov. Shumlin—and of course with nary a peep about it. You have to read the Wall Street Journal, of all things, to get the scoop.
#As time passes, the governor appears less and less like the kind of leader he should work harder at becoming—the leader of a state in serious financial trouble, the leader of a state losing its productive, working-age people, and the leader of a state with shrinking job and energy horizons (many of the state legislature’s making).
#91 Aug 23, 2012
I will Remember in Nov. the $21 million, cvps + gmp got to keep our money How much did they slip Mr.Shumlin?? for his vote on the p.s.b. Crooks.
(Donald Conley Sr)
#92 Aug 24, 2012
Vermonters are fighting back!!
Wind project officials drop lawsuit against landowners
Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:18 PM EDT Updated: Aug 24, 2012 7:09 AM EDT
By WCAX News - bio | email
The lawsuit against property owners near a wind project in Milton has been tossed out.
Officials with the Georgia Mountain Wind Project had been trying to force people to move back -- on their own land -- because they were too close to the blasting zone. Neighbors opposed the project.
But instead officials brought in extra crews to expedite the blasting process -- which they were able to do without requiring the restraining order.
#93 Aug 24, 2012
Yay, blasting is complete! Suck it losers.
#94 Aug 24, 2012
Generally I'm in favor of wind...but think the tax payer subsidies are a waste of money...but the fact you are in favor of wind makes me think there must be something wrong with my analysis. You are such a jerk there is no way we could agree.
#95 Aug 24, 2012
Typical teabagger can't separate emotion from science.
Maybe it's the drugs you are taking?
#96 Aug 24, 2012
Wearing shirts that read,“Ridges are Not Renewable” and holding signs that say,“STOP Destroying Vermont,” and “Shumlin Lies”
#97 Aug 24, 2012
Governor Peter Shumlin ... Do not destroy Winooski's hopes for the sake of a small number of jobs.
#98 Aug 24, 2012
"Wind’s unpredictability means it truly has no generating capacity value, and its construction will not displace building any new coal or natural gas generating capacity. Grid reserve margins require wind-backup, and the inefficiency of quickly firing up a natural gas unit to meet erratic wind generation output means any emissions displacement is minimal. Wind is simply an additional capital cost which proves to be more than twice as expensive for the ratepayer."
-Tom Hewson,“Calculating Wind Power’s Environmental Benefits”, Power Engineering
#99 Aug 24, 2012
"The pursuit of large-scale, ridgeline wind power in Vermont represents a terrible error of vision and planning and a misunderstanding of what a responsible society must do to slow the warming of our planet. It also represents a profound failure to understand the value of our landscape to our souls and our economic future in Vermont."
-Steve E. Wright,“The Not So Green Mountains”, New York Times
"There is an assumption that “wind energy can make an important contribution to tackling climate change”(as CPRE put it). But all evidence so far is that it can not. There is no balance between the minuscule benefits of wind and its negative impacts on landscape, wildlife, and human community."
-Eric Rosenbloom, VT
#100 Aug 24, 2012
"Looking at the ridge lines, you’re looking at the same thing Ethan Allen and those people looked at. We’ve worked hard to keep billboards off the side of the roads. You can’t put up a billboard but you can put up a 400-foot tower? It doesn’t make sense."
-Michael Klopchin, Select Board Chairman, Clarendon, VT
"...as a Vermonter, I’m for preserving our ridgelines (as Act 250 was designed to do) and our natural landscapes. The integrity of our environment is not only a source of our strength and pride it is also critical to our economic well-being. It makes no sense to sacrifice who and what we are and what we have for no useful purpose."
-Hugh Kemper, VT
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