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Vt. wind developer gets court order for project

August 22, 2012
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GEORGIA, Vt.—A wind developer in Georgia, Vt., has obtained a court order blocking private property owners from accessing their own land that lies within the blasting zone for the project.

Georgia Mountain Community Wind pursued the order after opponents of the project moved within the 1,000 foot safety zone and delayed a scheduled blast.

Ritchie Berger, a lawyer for the wind power company, tells Vermont Public Radio (http://bit.ly/RCi3Ld) the order was needed for safety purposes to make sure people stay outside the blasting safety zone for the four-turbine project.

Luke Snelling of Energize Vermont, a group opposed to large-scale wind projects, says it's unusual for a court to bar people from using their own property.

A court hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 30.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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