Friday, December 20, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Brief of Appellants Town of Newark, Town of Brighton, Newark Neighbors United, Mark Whitworth and Noreen Hession
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByU2Ps6TazSpTndaZldacnE0TXc/edit?usp=sharing

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Maine environmental groups clash over wind power
http://www.pressherald.com/news/Friends_of_Maine_s_Mountains_challenges_Maine_Audubon_s_wind-energy_support_.html?pagenum=full

ALERT: Vermont PSB to develop sound standards for wind energy facilities

Vermont PSB to develop sound standards for wind energy facilities
https://www.wind-watch.org/alerts/2013/12/11/vermont-psb-to-develop-sound-standards-for-wind-energy-facilities/

Interested entities and individuals are encouraged to file written comments and recommendations on these topics in advance in order to facilitate discussion at the prehearing conference, no later than close of business on Dec. 31, 2013.

Emails should be sent to: Public Service Board psb.clerk@state.vt.us

There is a deadline of 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2013.
Please write in subject line: Docket # 8167.
In the email please be sure to add your contact information.

IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE VERMONT/USA AND HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH SOUND STANDARDS FOR ENERGY PROJECTS, PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR WRITTEN COMMENTS TO THE VERMONT BOARD BY THEIR DEC. 31, 2013 DEADLINE. WE CAN ALL BENEFIT FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE.

IF YOU ARE LIVING NEAR A WIND ENERGY FACILITY IN VERMONT AND EXPERIENCING NOISE PROBLEMS, PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND THE PREHEARING CONFERENCE. IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND, PLEASE BE SURE TO FILE WRITTEN COMMENTS.

A prehearing conference will be held on January 8, 2014, 1:30 p.m., Pavilion Auditorium, Montpelier, Vermont (basement of building that houses the Governor's office, next to the Supreme Court building which is next to the Statehouse).

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Presentation by: Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)

Topic: Municipal ordinances

Event Organizer: Kathy Nelson

Date: Friday, December 13th

Location: Sunrise Manor, Brighton (Island Pond)

Time:
o   Potluck dinner 4:15-5:30 p.m.
o   Presentation 6-9 p.m.
"Impacts of Industrial Wind Development on Wildlife and Ridge Line Habitat"
compiled by Dhyan Nirmegh and Fred Person

http://saveoursenecas.org/uploads/3/2/6/0/3260628/wildlife_habitat_vermont.pdf
State: Fire Marshal can suspend Groton Wind turbine project
https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2013/12/10/state-fire-marshal-can-suspend-groton-wind-turbine-project/

President of American Eagle Foundation, Al Cecere, says, "Nix 30-year permit right now!"
http://www.windaction.org/posts/39252-president-of-american-eagle-foundation-al-cecere-says-nix-30-year-permit-right-now#.UqcmmVQo4_w

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Bats, Not Easy to Love, Dying Daily by Thousands
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wind-turbines-kill-thousands-bats-day/story?id=20997657

Judge rules wind turbines cause “irreparable harm” to human health and issues immediate injunction overnight so neighbours can sleep
https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2013/11/25/judge-rules-wind-turbines-cause-irreparable-harm-to-human-health/

Monday, November 18, 2013

Industrial wind turbines, human variability, and adverse health effects
New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine - Michael A. Nissenbaum, MD  - November 5, 2013

http://www.necoem.org/documents/V2_38e.pdf

Friday, November 8, 2013

In the Caledonian Record:

Health Effects Of Wind Turbine Proximity Needs More Study, Says Health Dept. Epidemiologist

A state Department of Health epidemiologist says the health effects associated with living in close proximity to wind turbines needs to be studied further.

US Wind Turbines Kill Over 600,000 Bats A Year (And Plenty Of Birds Too) http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/6286/20131108/wind-turbines-kill-600000-bats-birds-every-year.htm

What The U.S. Can Learn From Germany's Green Energy Debacle http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2013/11/07/what-the-u-s-can-learn-from-germanys-green-energy-debacle/

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Newark select board officially joins MET tower appeal
http://www.windaction.org/news/39578

Sheffield wind turbines down for maintenance, repairs
http://www.windaction.org/news/39577

Western Massachusetts Electric Co., National Grid seek to buy wind power as part of 565-megawatt, green-energy deal
https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2013/09/24/western-massachusetts-electric-co-national-grid-seek-to-buy-wind-power-as-part-of-565-megawatt-green-energy-deal/

Margolis: NIMBY here, there and everywhere
http://vtdigger.org/2013/09/22/margolis-nimby-here-there-and-everywhere/

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Appeal on behalf of the towns of Newark and Brighton, Mark Whitworth, Noreen Hession and NNU
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByU2Ps6TazSpODlhdmM5bnk4dzg/edit?usp=sharing
Federal biologists tally eagle deaths at US wind farms, say number likely to be much higher 
http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/223310271.html
Northeast Kingdom: Wind developer pressed on plans   
http://www.windaction.org/news/39449

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

NNU's & Brighton Ridge Protectors letter to Gov. Shumlin, urging his support of their appeal


Newark Neighbors United
1417 Maple Ridge
Newark, VT 05871

 
September 4, 2013

Governor Peter Shumlin
Executive Office
109 State Street, Pavillion
Montpelier, VT 05609

Dear Governor Shumlin:

In August, the Public Service Board granted permission for Seneca Mountain Wind (Docket No. 7867) to install MET towers in Brighton, Newark, and Ferdinand. The town of Newark, the town of Brighton, and Newark Neighbors United (the independent citizens group) intend to appeal the PSB decision to the Vermont Supreme Court. Since you have clearly stated your opposition to siting energy-generation development where towns have voted against such projects, and supported Newark after our September vote (thank you!), we are writing to ask you once again for assistance in this matter.

We would like your administration to join us in our appeal.

As you may recall, in September 2012, in the largest town meeting in anyone’s memory, the town of Newark voted overwhelmingly (74%) to amend our town plan. In it, we clarified our position on MET towers and industrial-scale turbines. Our town plan discourages “commercial or industrial structures that exceed 125 feet.” Our collective vision, as expressed in the plan, is that Newark does not wish to be industrialized. A large commercial structure such as a ~200-foot MET tower is inappropriate and inconsistent with our collective vision and goals. The wishes of the people of Newark and the region could not be clearer. We voted: the results of that vote could not be clearer.

The Town of Brighton also voted, 63% against industrial-scale development on Brighton ridgelines. This is a clear expression of town will: the results of that vote could not be clearer.

Newark voted again at town meeting in March 2013. This time, the vote was 88% in favor of defending ourselves from the on-going attack by out-of-state wind prospectors and international land owners. We voted again: the results of that vote could not be clearer.

In her October 2012 letter to the Newark selectboard, then DPS Commissioner Elizabeth Miller stated, “The department will, as Governor Shumlin noted, let the PSB know that the type of clear expression of town will … deserves serious and significant consideration by the Board under its “orderly development” criteria. Governor Shumlin has been clear that energy generation projects should not be sited in locations wherein substantial opposition exists."

We therefore respectfully request that you instruct the current DPS Commissioner that your position remains firm: your administration will not support construction of wind turbines or MET towers (whose only purpose is to serve as a precursor to turbines) in Newark or Brighton. Please join the citizens of Newark and Brighton in our appeal to the Supreme Court of the PSB decision.

Thank you,

Cynthia E. Barber, Executive Coordinator
Newark Neighbors United

Pamela Arborio, President
Brighton Ridge Protectors

cc: via email

     Elizabeth Miller

     Chris Recchia

     Selectboard, Town of Newark

     Selectboard, Town of Brighton

     Board of Governors, UTG

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Government’s largest wind farm to be used to generate electricity for assembly of atomic bombs
http://swampland.time.com/2013/08/14/nuclear-wind/

Monday, August 12, 2013

PSB approves installation of four temporary meteorological stations, two in the Town of Brighton, Vermont, and one each in the Towns of Ferdinand and Newark, Vermont.

Read documents here:

http://psb.vermont.gov/sites/psb/files/orders/2013/2013-08/7867FinalOrder.pdf

http://psb.vermont.gov/sites/psb/files/orders/2013/2013-08/7867CPG.pdf

Friday, August 9, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013