Six anti-wind protesters went on trial in Newport on Wednesday. The so-called "Lowell six" are charged with criminal trespassing last
December on land leased to Green Mountain Power for the construction of wind
turbines on Lowell Mountain.
A spokeswoman for a Vermont
utility says traffic is flowing again on Route 100 after dozens of
anti-wind protesters agreed to move out of the road where components
were being delivered to the Lowell Mountain wind project.
officials in Lowell say opponents of a wind project there should give up
and go home. Voters in Lowell supported the development by a strong majority at
their 2010 Town Meeting. The 21 turbine project was approved by the Public
Service Board and is under construction. But protests have continued on the Lowell ridgeline.
The Shumlin Administration says the state should consider lifting a moratorium
on wind development on public land. The
recommendation is contained in a draft state energy plan, and it’s drawing fire
from environmental groups.