To The Daily Sun,
From the outside looking in, one would think this is the windiest place in New England. Four wind farms with an estimated cost of over a half-billion dollars are being proposed within a 15 mile radius? Yes — this area is under attack.
Developers with their large projects enter at their own peril without involving the community. Their potential here is to take over every mountain ridge if the community isn't careful. It's not like local resident oppose alternative energy — many employ solar panels on their homes already — some even live off the grid.
Many residents argue that these projects aren't helping the local economy; others say they're not comfortable in making sacrifices for the electricity going to southern states and some even pointed out this year's summer workers were from out-of-state.
It's truly a question of what you're willing to give up to be green.
Our united opposition is making a difference and it's not unusual for projects to fall by the wayside early in the development process due to a strong "local" objection. But with so many projects on the plate for this region, it seems overwhelming at times — doesn't it? I urge you not to sit on the sidelines for this fight. Your voice on this matter is huge.
We don't want to look like one big wind park to prove this region is green. It's time the state understood this. Last winter was an eye opener for many of us — with the introduction of each proposed wind farm. Let's hope this winter isn't a repeat.
I urge everyone to demand a Town Hall Meeting with the governor on this matter.