“The environmentalists also worry that the project would set a bad precedent for forests across the nation.”
Environmentalists are challenging the Forest Service’s approval of the first utility-scale wind farm on national forestland, potentially delaying a project that was supposed to signal the agency’s readiness to assume a greater role in renewable energy development.
A coalition of groups led by the Wilderness Society and Defenders of Wildlife filed an administrative appeal with the agency last month contesting its special-use permit authorizing the installation of 15 wind power turbines inside southwest Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest.
In a separate administrative appeal also filed last month, Vermonters for a Clean Environment (VCE) is also challenging the Forest Service’s decision to approve the 30-megawatt wind farm proposed by Portland, Ore.-based Iberdrola Renewables.
“Clean, renewable energy is the right idea for Vermont, but approving the Deerfield Wind proposal was the wrong decision. It is simply the wrong place for this kind of project,” said Leanne Klyza-Linck, the Wilderness Society’s assistant vice president for Eastern regional conservation in Hinesburg, Vt…