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Proposed Wind Farm Near Stratton/Sugaloaf Backcountry Stirs Debate

November 8 2002 at 10:50 AM
roger  (no login)


The proposed wind farm would consist of 29 wind towers, each 330 feet high with three blades 130 feet in length, and located on the ridge from the Redington Pond Range to Black Nubble Mountain. The peaks are located about four miles west of Sugarloaf/USA and eight miles south of Stratton in one of the most remote locations in the area. Vera Trafton, one of the members of Friends of the Western Mountains, the petitioners who are opposed to the project, said she learned of the proposal in January.
After hearing from hikers who voiced their concerns, Trafton and other residents created a petition in opposition to the project. So far, they have collected roughly 1,500 signatures, which Trafton says represent a cross-section of hikers, fisherman, hunters, snowmobilers and other residents and visitors who refuse to let the “environmentally-fragile area be despoiled by the towers.”

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