Will wind and water mix ?
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.