Big crowd protests wind tow­ers

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Made­line Mulholland and Staff Stanstead

Stanstead’s cit­i­zens showed up in large num­bers out­side the Haskell Li­brary on Sun­day af­ter­noon to protest Derby Line, Ver­mont’s pro­posed wind tur­bine project slated to be con­structed 150 me­ters from Stanstead res­i­dents’ prop­er­ties once gov­ern­men­tal ap­proval is granted.

The meet­ing was or­ga­nized by JeanFrançois Nadeau, the cul­tural page di­rec­tor of Mon­treal’s Le Devoir who is build­ing a new house on Chemin Lagueux where the ex­ist­ing 120 foot high wind­mill on an Amer­i­can farm is

clearly vis­i­ble. The pro­posed tower would be over 450 feet high. The view is ex­tra­or­di­nary but the Stanstead en­clave that is now Chemin Lagueux is sur­rounded by Stanstead East which is part of the Coat­i­cook MRC. That MRC is not op­posed to wind power so there may soon be a cou­ple of wind tur­bines on the Cana­dian side. Be­tween 150 to 200 peo­ple, in­clud­ing M.N.A. Pierre Reid and M.P. Jean 2011, in Ver­mont’s The Or­leans Record, a news­pa­per serv­ing Derby Line and Beebe Plain, Ver­mont. The ar­ti­cles ref­er­ence the fact that cer­tain in­volved par­ties on the Amer­i­can side pub­li­cally stated their de­sire, and their nu­mer­ous at­tempts, to in­vite Stanstead’s Mayor into the pre­lim­i­nary dis­cus­sions for the project. One of the ar­ti­cles clearly states that Mayor Du­til was con­tacted about the project. A quote Mayor Du­til was aware of the project in its’ pre­lim­i­nary stages. Given this fact, Du­til’s re­cent threat to cut off Beebe, Ver­mont’s water sup­ply is likely serv­ing to alien­ate our Amer­i­can neigh­bors, some­thing that was raised at last Mon­day’s Stanstead Town meet­ing when a cit­i­zen asked the mayor if he had the sup­port of coun­cil in his re­marks and that pun­ish­ing the folks in Ver­mont would only bring

MNA Pierre Reid added his voice to those of the pro­test­ers last Sun­day.

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There was no short­age of pro­test­ers at the meet­ing in front of the Haskell Li­brary on Sun­day.

Jean-fran­cois Nadeau, who is build­ing a house in Canada near the bor­der, or­ga­nized the meet­ing.

Wind en­ergy ex­pert Mark Duchamp, from Spain, spoke to pro­test­ers at the event about the dan­gers of wind en­ergy.

Mayor Du­til was widely quoted in news­pa­pers in both Canada and the United States af­ter he threat­ened to cut off the water sup­ply to the Ver­mont town of Beebe.

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