Will wind and water mix ?

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Stanstead

Wind tur­bines seem to be go­ing up fast and fu­ri­ous in the neigh­bour­ing State of Ver­mont as any­one who has driven down In­ter­state 91 and seen the gi­ant tur­bines at Sh­effield Heights can at­test to. An­other wind tur­bine project that is a lit­tle closer to home has au­thor­i­ties on both sides of the bor­der wor­ried. In­ter­na­tional Water Com­pany of­fi­cials, made up of mu­nic­i­pal rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both Stanstead and Derby Line, will soon meet again to come up with a list of ques­tions and con­cerns for the de­vel­op­ers of the Derby Line wind tur­bine project, En­core Re­de­vel­op­ment.

Main con­cerns seem to re­volve around how the in­ter­na­tion­ally shared water sys­tem and its res- er­voir would be af­fected by the blast­ing and other work that would be done while pre­par­ing the site for the tur­bines. One con­cern is who will pay for the nec­es­sary stud­ies, such as a be­fore and af­ter struc­tural in­tegrity check of the reser­voir, and who will pay for pos­si­ble re­pairs. Con­cerns have also been raised over the heavy truck traf­fic re­lated to the con­struc­tion of the tur­bines and its ef­fect on water and sewer lines that run un­der the road.

Stanstead mayor Philippe Du­til is the pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Water Com­pany while Derby Line trustee Keith Bea­dle is the vi­cepres­i­dent.

The pro­posed wind tur­bines, two of them at 425 feet tall, would be erected on the Davis and Chase farms in Derby be­tween the I 91 and the Hol­land town line.

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