Mountain occupiers today were pleased to find that blasting has not yet progressed past the campsite –just road construction. Blasts were slated for 10:00 and 4:00 today, but protesters on the mountain at 10:00 did not hear or feel a blast, and no one up top was confronted by any workers or officials. It appeared that they were still busy clearing up the rubble from all the previous blasts — it is really a huge amount of rock which is being removed from the top of the access road. If you imagine a football field covered with a solid rock creating a slope from 30 feet high down to field level, then the GMP crew needs to remove all of that rock. It’s really an incredible amount of destruction, comparable to the strip mines of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Perhaps we didn’t hear from anyone on the mountain today because GMP had their man power in a different location. As some of the protesters were leaving the road to the mountain, they drove past a car heading the other way. The occupiers got out of their car to see who it was, and were surprised to find that it was Dave Coriell (or at least his stunt double) who was introduced Thursday in court as the public relations officer for the Kingdom Community Wind project. Occupiers recognized him as the man who read the TRO aloud last week. Dave must not have been in the mood for conversation today, however. Rather than introducing himself when asked if there was anything we could do to assist him, Dave muttered that he was “just turning around” and his car followed the protesters offsite. This anonymity fits well with Dave’s usual pattern — a search of GMP’s website and the website for the Lowell project failed to turn up his name, or any way for the community to reach their “relations officer.” Looks like GMP’s idea of community relations is to read restraining orders to people camping on land that doesn’t belong to them, and then deny anyone a chance to talk back. Go figure.
Interview With A Leading Wind Advocate:
Question: How many miles of ridgeline is it gonna take to reach your 40% capacity?
David Blittersdorf: I don’t think you want to hear my answer.
Question: Yes, I’d like everybody to hear your answer.
David Blittersdorf: I’ll tell you it is 200 miles of ridgeline that needs to be developed. And we have 900 miles of developable wind ridgelines and that takes out all National Forests, it takes out all terrain above 3400 feet. It takes out a bunch. But we have a lot of ridgelines in Vermont.
Wouldn’t that look pretty in VERMONT LIFE MAGAZINE.