To the editor of THE EAGLE:
Dear residents of Peru. I live in Shelburne Falls, the proposed site of eight 480-foot tall turbines overlooking our town. Only because I would be looking at and listening to them did I bother to give such projects much consideration.
I think most of us knew very little about large turbines or any controversy surrounding them. I witnessed the pressure and conflict that occurred because the Shelburne bylaws allowed for this development, and a five- member ZBA board was then charged with making a big decision for the residents of not only of Shelburne, but for the my town of Buckland as well. The developer’s plan fell though.
That same year, 2012, Buckland voted to have a moratorium on all wind projects. I chaired the Renewable Energy Advisory Committee formed for the moratorium. It was a good process, we represented many points of view, we all learned a lot, and we ended up extending our moratorium for another year due to the complexities of the issues. Regardless of where we all started out in terms of our opinions, I think I am speaking for most people in my town when I say we are grateful that we are getting a chance to look before we will leap.
Much more is known about wind turbines now than a number of years ago when your town voted in your wind bylaws. I strongly encourage you to vote in favor of the moratorium to give you space and time to carefully consider what you really want in your town. Your vote will take place at a special town meeting Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Peru Firehouse.
For more information please visit www.shelburnewind. info or www.garnethillwind.com. If you want to have a say, you have to attend the meeting. JANET SINCLAIR