Belisles facing possible fine

Oppose! Swanton Wind

St. Albans Messenger, May 22, 2017

SWANTON WIND:
State recommends penalty for tower

By TOM BENTON
Messenger Staff Writer

SWANTON — The developer of Swanton Wind could be fined $15,000 for the construction of a meteorological tower on his property, in violation of state statute.

Travis Belisle erected a 132-feet-tall, six-inch-diameter meteorological station on his property in 2012, “seeing if the wind on the ridge would be right for wind turbines that generate electricity.”

But because of such a project’s connection with a prospective grid-connected project — Swanton Wind — Belisle required a Certificate of Public Good, essentially a construction permit from the Public Service Board, before doing so. Now the Department of Public Service (DPS), not to be confused with the Public Service Board, has recommended the board impose a $15,000 penalty for the construction of that meteorological tower.

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