Big crowd protests wind towers
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.
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.