Anti-Wind Occupation Begins On Lowell Mountain

09/29/11 6:06AM The Associated Press

Opponents to the wind power project planned for the ridge line of northern Vermont's Lowell Mountain have started an occupation designed to halt blasting for the project.

They say they've set up four tents at the invitation of neighboring property owners Don and Shirley Nelson of Albany, who have written to project developer Green Mountain Power's CEO asking the company to ensure the campers' safety.

GMP spokeswoman Dottie Schnure says the company will want to clear the area were the campers are set up when blasting crews approach, most likely not until late fall or early winter. As to what might happen if they're still there, Schnure said the company would address that question when the time comes.

The 21-turbine wind project is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

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