Nov. 16, 2011

STATEMENT ON ARRESTS AT LOWELL MOUNTAIN SITE

Lowell Mountains Occupation

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Lowell, Vt.-Two members of the mountain occupiers group were on the mountain today for routine monitoring activities, and were arrested and charged with criminal contempt of court.  As a group, the mountain occupiers do not believe these individuals were in violation of the court order, and we are surprised that law enforcement chose to arrest them.  There was no intention on the part of this group or the individuals involved to violate the restraining order.

This arrest clearly documents the intensity of the conflict over the development of Vermont’s ridgelines for utility-scale wind projects.

Proponents of these projects, Green Mountain Power, Gaz Metro and the Shumlin Administration, characterize these as critical to reducing green house gases and examples of Vermont’s environmental leadership in doing it right.

Opponents argue that they destroy irreplaceable natural habitat and degrade water quality.  Analysts demonstrate that they are not part of an effective strategy to reduce global warming and that both the electricity and the co2 emissions reductions are quite expensive.  That expense will be borne by Vermont rate payers.  The only beneficiaries of these projects are the investors and the utilities.

The mountain occupiers believe that today’s arrests were unnecessary and hope they are not a harbinger of things to come. GMP needs to learn how to be a good neighbor rather than manipulate the Shumlin Administration into forcing a bad project to completion.

We stand united as members of the Mountain Occupation movement, with these two individuals, and thousands of other Vermonters, against Green Mountain Power’s attempts to take our rights, damage our mountains and disrespect our communities. We will continue to fight for our belief that there are responsible answers to our energy challenges, and the Lowell wind project is not one of them.

For more information & comment:

Ron Holland

802-754-6354

blackriverfarm@comcast.net

Lowell, Vermont – November 16, 2011

Two campers opposed to Green Mountain Power’s wind farm in Lowell were arrested Wednesday morning.

Some opponents of the project have been trying to block construction by camping within the safety perimeter of a blasting zone. The blasting must occur in order to build a road to the top of the mountain, where the utility plans to put up 21 turbines.

GMP got a temporary restraining order against the protestors. And Wednesday morning, the sheriff’s department cited Trevor Ring, 21, and David Martorana, 19, both students at Sterling College.

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7 comments on “Nov. 16, 2011

  1. joyce jones says:

    Dear Campers…What I see happening here is that GMP/GAZ Metro are getting a little impatient and are trying to shake you up a bit with 2 arrests…I think that they are hoping that you will all change your minds and go home…
    If I may make a suggestion to you..which I am sure that you are all aware of…Please stay together when the Police come up to see you…have plenty of witnesses in case things get out of hand…You all know how the police like to badger people into making the wrong move just so they have an excuse to take you in…don’t let that happen…Have one speaker because we all come across differently…You are probably doing this already…I just want to make sure…We don’t want anymore arrests do we???We have alot of violence going on with the Police and Occupiers…people are getting hurt…don’t let this happen..stay safe…i would keep inviting Vermonters to tour and see the Mtns..the more the merrier….Stay safe….It’s hard to remain Positive when everyday you see more and more of our Loving Mtns being raped…their beauty destroyed…but their is one positive way to look at it..They are still standing…maybe not as tall…but their Love and seedlings will grow again..plants will reseed..bushes and small trees will grow again..Much Love to all of you…

  2. Liz Chehayl says:

    I think Joyce’s comments are to the point. We support you.

  3. pgosselin says:

    These two protesters will likely have to pay a fine, and I’m ready to help out with the cost there. Someone only needs to contact me. These two students showed spine, civil courage and did what’s right.

    Will they be represented by the Hershenson, Carter, Scott & McGee Shirley and Donald Nelson Legal Defense Fund?

    Maybe there needs to be a Defense of Protester Rights Legal Fund.

    More arrests = more media = more attention = more donations = more protesters = more arrests…

    Yes, bushes and trees grow back. but Lowell Mountain won’t. What took nature, ice ages (er, climate change), etc. millions of years to shape, is being dynamited away by ignorance in just a matter of weeks.

  4. pgosselin says:

    Rape? Ha! They’re way beyond that. This is now mutilating the victim’s corpse.

    I want everybody here to know that it’s your Democrat and RINO leaders out there who are behind all this. You all know who they are, don’t go into denialism.
    Many of you are out there knocking the tea partiers. Why? Because they have the gall to insist on low taxes and, ahem, private property rights. Well, how do you like them new green “private property” rights now?

    • Dups says:

      Pgosselin, this is not a left/right issue. I see people on both sides of the political spectrum that are for and against this project.

      • pgosselin says:

        Yeah right, Bush did it.
        Only 2 sides pushed the AGW junk science and the green energy tied with it; Democrats and corrupt RINOs. As long you keep your head buried in the sand from that fact and keep electing the same charlatans and snake oil salesmen over and over again, then you can keep kissing your “private property” rights and your ridgelines goodbye.
        If you can deny who’s behind all this, then I suppose you’ll be able to learn to even deny the windpark is there each time you’ll be driving by it.

  5. Dups says:

    You’re right pgosselin, it is a left/right issue. The Tea Party is against tax payer subsidies, and Occupy Wall Street is against corporate control.

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