Wind opponent appeals to Supreme Court

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A group opposed to a plan to build 16 wind-power turbines on a ridge line in Sheffield is taking its case to the Vermont Supreme Court.

Ridge Protectors said it is appealing the Vermont Public Service Board approval of the project.

The board granted the Massachusetts-based UPC Wind approval in August, with 36 conditions, including noise limits from turbine operations and a UPC sponsored wildlife management plan.

The group says the board’s decision was based on critical misapplications of Vermont laws, procedural errors, and several conclusions that are not based on findings of fact in the hearing record.

Ridge Protectors says it fears the 420-foot towers, which still require other regulatory approvals, will harm tourism and state’s rural character.

The group also has urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give careful scrutiny to the UPC project.

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