The Glebe Mountain Group, a non-profit, volunteer group of residents and landowners in Londonderry and Windham, Vermont and surrounding communities is dedicated to protecting and conserving important natural resources. The group was formed in 2002 to oppose an industrial wind development on Glebe Mountain that was proposed by Catamount Energy. In 2006, Londonderry citizens voted 2:1 against this project and both the Town Plans of Londonderry and Windham were modified to forbid industrial wind development on Glebe Mountain. Over 1800 residents and landowners of the area signed a petition opposing this project. After four and a half years of discussion, Catamount withdrew its plans.
In June of 2010, we learned that several industrial wind developers once again were scoping out Glebe Mountain for industrial development. As a result, the Glebe Mountain Group is again energized in its efforts to continue conserving this land and protecting it from future industrial development.
Any industrial wind project on Glebe Mountain would seriously impact a healthy and unfragmented forested ecosystem, pristine headwaters, and wildlife habitat in a conservation overlay district that is recognized as an important matrix block in the state. Glebe Mountain is part of a 20,000 acre block of undeveloped land that is considered part of the Green Mountain complex, part of the Connecticut River watershed, and provides important bear corridors, moose forage and headwaters for the Cobb Brook. It is one of the largest blocks of unfragmented land in southern Vermont. There are several land preservation groups that recognize the importance of conserving this area for future generations.
Glebe Mountain is unique in that it contains the Cobb Brook, one of the very few streams in the state to be designated A1 from top to bottom. Any disturbance to the wetlands and headwaters that are the sources for Cobb Brook would irreparably damage the now pristine quality of that watershed. Another unique feature of the Glebe Mountain area is the close proximity of residential areas and population centers to potential turbine sites. Hence, a sizable population would be adversely impacted by noise and low frequency vibration leading to potential health issues. The citizens of Londonderry and Windham have determined that Glebe Mountain is clearly an inappropriate site for such an industrial project and any proposal will be met by a determined and well-informed opposition.
We strongly believe that reducing CO2 emissions is urgently needed to mitigate climate change. We strongly support efficiency and conservation of electric use and appropriately sited renewable energy including existing hydro (of any scale), biomass (when used for heating as well as electricity), solar, community and small scale wind, etc. We also recognize that industrial wind’s value to the state and region is only to the degree it reduces emissions from other electric generating sources. Currently, Vermont emits the least amount of CO2 in the US. There is only one small oil fired electric generating plant in all of New England. Unlike coal burning states, electric generation in New England is not where CO2 reductions will count the most. Reductions in home heating oil (insulation) and transportation will reduce both CO2 and dependence on foreign oil. This is where Vermont and New England should be focusing their efforts. (For more on this subject click Testimony of Peter Bradford on CO2 Reduction in New England).
We believe that, in the case of Glebe Mountain, the adverse impacts to wildlife, water, people in close proximity and the economic fabric and life of the community far outweigh any benefits.
Please join us in this effort to conserve and protect this important land from industrial development. You can volunteer to help, join our group, and/or make a tax-deductible contribution of any size. We are grateful to all of you who have once again shown your support!