Protesters block highway at Vt. wind project site
Posted: Jul 16, 2012 2:02 PM EDTUpdated: Jul 16, 2012 2:20 PM EDT
LOWELL, Vt. (AP) – Traffic is flowing again on Vermont Route 100 after dozens of anti-wind protesters agreed to move out of the road where components were being delivered to the Lowell Mountain wind project.
The highway was blocked for about two hours beginning late Monday morning when protesters moved in front of a truck delivering a part of a wind tower.
Protester Vicky Lewis says two people were arrested and given citations. The protesters moved after the two were released.
Anti-wind power activist Annette Smith, who wasn’t at the protest, says the protesters hadn’t intended to close the highway.
The Lowell Mountain wind project is under construction, but it has generated fierce protests from opponents who claim the project will mar the beauty of the area and have other unintended effects.
Lowell wind protestors arrested
Posted: Jul 16, 2012 12:15 PM EDTUpdated: Jul 16, 2012 12:15 PM EDT
Protesters are trying to block wind tower parts from arriving in Lowell — and some are being arrested.
Green Mountain Power is in the process of putting up 21 turbines on 400 foot towers. Critics say the project will destroy views of the rural region and lower property values.
About 150 people showed up to protest Monday morning and many are blocking Route 100 — shutting down traffic. In the past half hour, authorities began making arrests.