To The Daily Sun,
"Include views of local communities in siting of energy projects." Those are the words of our governor. They are not being respected by the corporate bullies of Energais De Portugal, an industrial wind company with headquarters in Portugal planning to install 492-foot-tall wind turbine towers on the ridge lines of Alexandria and Hebron.
After the Tuesday, Sept. 30, meeting with members of the Alexandria Selectboard, residents are feeling complete frustration and dismay over the situation Energais De Portugal has put us in. We want to fight them, but were forced to realize that in the permitting of a meteorological tower debate, we cannot win. Our town currently has no zoning. We see ourselves as being bullied by a multinational company which has no respect or consideration for the population they plan to impact.
When our town indicated they were not willing to sign a permit for a unwanted meteorological tower, Energais de Portugal initiated legal action against the town. Now they have forced the hand of our selectboard to sign the permit, knowing full well the majority of citizens are opposed as well as the selectboard members themselves. This put the entire community in a very uncomfortable position Tuesday night, and residents are unhappier than ever.
Energais De Portugal is a bigger bully than ever imagined. Corporate citizenry is not a factor in dealing with these bureaucrats. They are blind and deaf with respect to acknowledging the wishes of the residents of our entire region.
Really annoyed? Yes, we are. Disgusted? Again, yes we are. Will we continue to express our opposition and our right to steer our own ship? Absolutely. Remember the governor's words.
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