This Week: Georgia Fines, Brandon Heating, Braithwaite Case Dropped & More…

Dec 07, 2012 No Comments by

Last December Chris Braithwaite, a reporter and publisher at the Barton Chronicle was arrested at the Lowell wind power site. His arrest came at the same time six Vermonters protesting the project were arrested. This week his charges were dropped afteremails emerged from GMP showing that employees at the site had specific directions not to arrest members of the press. Braithwaite has said the case has cost him substantial time and $10,000 in legal fees.

The developer behind the Georgia Mountain wind project settled with neighbors over violations of their CPG. The result is that they will pay a $10,000 fine, and create a $10,000 remediation fund. The Burlington Free Press reported on the settlement.

On Sunday Senator Hartwell appeared on an online radio show called Wind Wise Radio. He spoke with the hosts about the need for a time-out on utility-scale wind development in the state. At the end of the episode I also had an opportunity to make some comments.

A renewable energy developer proposed a biomass heating district in Brandon this week. The idea would be to lay the necessary infrastructure when Route 7 is under construction in the town. The project could heat over 200 homes within the downtown area from a central source.

VPR and the Burlington Free Press reported on the Energy Siting Commission meeting last week. The Burlington Free Press ran the headline, “Wind debate enters new phase” as the commission heard from developers, citizens, planners and more. You can see a full video of presentations online.

Two great opinions in the papers this week. Phil Lovelyresponded to Seven Days’ coverage of the wind issuesin a very well written letter outlining the issues they ignored. James Rademacher also offered an opinion in the Rutland Herald detailing how, “Wind power’s benefits don’t add up.”

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Have a great weekend, and thank you for your support!


Lukas B. Snelling
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luke@energizevermont.org

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