November 27, 2017:
Swanton Wind Withdraws its Petition!!!!
Judith C. Whitney, Clerk
Vermont Public Utility Commission
112 State Street, 4th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-2701
Re: Docket No. 8816
Notice of Withdrawal and Voluntary Dismissal Without Prejudice
Dear Ms. Whitney:
On behalf of Swanton Wind, LLC, I write to provide notice to the Public Utility
Commission that, pursuant to V.R.C.P. 41(a)(1), Swanton Wind is withdrawing its
Petition in the above-referenced proceeding, which was filed on September 9, 2016 and
which the Commission later concluded was incomplete upon filing under Commission
Rule 2.208. Order re: Discovery Limitations, Expert Witness Fees and Schedule, June 22,
2017 at 6, motion for reconsideration denied, Order of Aug. 31, 2017. This voluntary
dismissal is being made without prejudice. In light of the Commission’s incompleteness
determination, Swanton Wind respectfully requests a return of the $100,000 filing fee
paid in accordance with 30 V.S.A. § 248b on September 9, 2016.
This notice of withdrawal and voluntary dismissal without prejudice has been electronically filed using ePUC.
Very truly yours,
Leslie A. Cadwell
This site was created by people who are aware that a project of this size, scope, and at this location, is not appropriate. We are providing facts and information about the proposed Swanton Wind project so that people can make informed decisions.
Swanton Wind, LLC is proposing to put up to seven 499 foot industrial wind turbines on Rocky Ridge which is off Rt 105 in Swanton. These turbines would be as close as 1800 feet to home. There are 134 homes within 1 mile of this propose project. On the other side of this ridge is Fairfield Pond. A place where people go to enjoy the peace and tranquility and to watch the loons and other wildlife.
There are too many homes too close to the turbines proposed in this project. Living close to wind turbines has been proven around the world to cause adverse health impacts.
This ridge is also a fantastic habitat for deer, bobcats, bear, turkey and many other animals. It is considered the highest level of habitat block for this region. Many birds fly over this ridge between the lake and Fairfield Pond. Fairfield Pond is home to at least 2 pairs of nesting bald eagles.
We are trying to preserve the unspoiled beauty of this ridge for our future.
From the Swanton town website:
The Town of Swanton is one of the most attractive communities in Vermont. It is located in the northwestern corner of the state bordering Lake Champlain on its west and Quebec Province in Canada on its north. Interstate 89, Vermont Route 78, and U.S. Route 7 are the major transportation routes through the town. These routes meet in the village center to form a foundation for the town’s vibrant commercial hub, which is made up of a mixture of family-owned businesses, national stores, and a variety of residential housing types, as well as the municipal offices, village police & fire departments, and the Swanton Elementary School. Numerous industries surround the Village Center and the outlying areas of town are residential and agricultural in nature. The scenic Missisquoi River meanders through Swanton and over the Village Dam before flowing gently into Lake Champlain via the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. The river and lake are important segments of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail that stretches from northcentral New York to the far reaches of northern Maine.
Today, approximately 6,500 people make the Town of Swanton (including the Village area) their home. It is a pleasant place in which to live and work and an exciting place to visit.