VT State Police Serve No Trespass Order to Protesters of Kingdom Community Wind Power Project

Posted by erik devaney

Vermont State Police say officers served a no trespass order on activists protesting construction of the Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell. There were no arrests, despite two blasting operations carried out during the day.

A judge had previously issued an order allowing police to arrest the protesters if they went within the safety zone before a blast.

The 21-turbine, $156 million project being built by the Green Mountain Power company on Lowell Mountain is supposed to produce enough power at any moment for 24,000 homes. It is slated for completion late next year.

Much of the opposition to the project has come from people living in two small neighboring towns, Albany and Craftsbury. A group of protesters is camping out on private property in a blasting zone near where construction crews working on the project are building a road onto the mountain. The protesters feel the project is despoiling the ridgeline without providing any significant reduction in global warming.

Police say troopers and deputies from the Lamoille County sheriff’s department served the no trespass order around 9 a.m. Friday on eight protesters within the 1,000-foot safety zone set up by construction crews working for Green Mountain Power.

The order required the protesters to stay out of the blasting zone, even though they are on private property not owned by GMP.

Police say the eight protesters complied with the police order and moved out of the blasting zone.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

(With edits by New England Post)

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Posted by erik devaney on Nov 4 2011. Filed under Politics. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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