The Town Crier

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mayor says he'll shut off the water if the town supports the proposed wind project.

DERBY, VT/STANSTEAD QC. – Mayor Philippe Dutil of Stanstead, Quebec, says he’ll shut off the water valves to Beebe Plains, VT, if the Town of Derby supports the proposed Derby Line Wind Project.

The Canadians control the water that serves Beebe, a village in the Town of Derby, near the Canadian-U.S. border.
If Cape Vincent controlled
Wolfe Islands water.

Mayor Dutil made the statement at a gathering Sunday in Stanstead. Quebec residents toured the U.S. location, from the Canadian side, where the proposed industrial size wind turbines could stand. Dutil said that Stanstead and Vermont have had good friendly relations that includes managing the water supply to Beebe, a system separate from the International Water Company. The Canadian water workers have had to comply with both Canadian and U.S. guidelines, and doing so serves no benefit to Canada; it’s a friendly gesture to the country’s American neighbors.

Protest Planned

Opposition is growing every day, Dutil said, and a protest is scheduled for outside the Haskell Library and Opera House, which straddles the border of Derby Line, VT, and Stanstead, QC. The protest is scheduled for Sunday, May 6, at 1 p.m. Dutil said he is organizing with others mayors and that the Provincial Government is getting involved. Dutil said he has read about leaders coming together and stopping proposed wind turbines projects that are too close to homes.

Dutil and Stanstead Town Council member Paul Stuart said concerns are ice throw, aesthetics, depreciating property values, and the killing of birds, among many others concerns.