Forest Service extends comment period on Vt. wind

January 25, 2011

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SEARSBURG, Vt.—The Green Mountain National Forest is extending the public comment period on a plan for a mountaintop wind project in the southern Vermont towns of Readsboro and Searsburg.

The Forest Service is seeking public input as part of its deliberations to decide whether to approve plans by Deerfield Wind to build and operate a 17-turbine, 34 megawatt commercial wind energy facility on up to 80 acres of national forest land.

Computer problems prompted the Forest Service to extend the public comment period from Feb. 18 until March 4

The U.S. Forest Service is reviewing the proposal. The Vermont Public Service Board has approved a 15-turbine project.

A public meeting on the project is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Readsboro Central School.