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Reunion Power and Revolutionary War Battlefields

June 3, 2012

Reunion Power has not learned from past experience and is trying for the second time to develop a wind project on a Revolutionary War battlefield.

The Hubbardton Battlefield

The history of the Hubbardton Battlefield is detailed by a Pittsford resident at the meeting with Reunion Power in Pittsford on May 24:

A re-enactor speaks about the Hubbardton Battlefield at the Hubbardton meeting with Reunion Power on May 30:

Several times at the Hubbardton meeting, Vermonters brought up Reunion Power’s history of wind development in Cherry Valley, New York:

The story of Cherry Valley, NY goes back to 2002 when a project was proposed by a different wind developer:

Gone With the Wind

A historic town in upstate New York prepares for its new neighbor.

By  Elizabeth Benjamin  |  Online Only  |  Aug. 9, 2002

CHERRY VALLEY—A developer’s proposal to construct 27 wind turbines on a blustery ridge in this rural New York town has spurred opposition from some residents, who worry that their historic landscape and quiet lifestyle will be irreversibly altered.

The proposed location for the Cherry Valley turbines, a hill called Cape Wykoff, is located on a 9,000-acre tract listed on the National Register of Historic Places that was part of an 18th-century land grant to John Lindesay, who established the settlement of Cherry Valley in 1783.

Located about 60 miles west of Albany, the small town of 1,266 people is perhaps best known as the site of the 1778 Cherry Valley Massacre. In one of the Revolutionary War’s most notorious events, Tories and Mohawk Indians killed 32 civilians and 16 American soldiers and burned almost the entire town.

“The Indians and George Washington marched on these hills, and here we will have concrete monsters put on them,” says Conrad Fink, a summer resident for 27 years. “Pollution is not just of the water and the air. There’s sight pollution and noise pollution as well.”

As with the Grandpa’s Knob wind project, Reunion purchased the Cherry Valley wind project from the initial developer.  Reunion pulled the plug in 2007.  Marion Trieste has been with Steve Eisenberg at most of his public appearances in the Rutland area for the last two years, at presentations to the regional planning commission, exhibiting at Solarfest, and at the Private Open Houses he’s been holding.

  •  Marion Trieste, a spokesperson for Reunion Power, said, in light of the community’s opposition to the project, pulling out of Cape Wycoff is the right thing to do. “We want the community’s support,” Trieste said. “There’s so many historic and preservation issues on that ridge.”
You’ve got to wonder what they’re thinking taking over another project at another important Revolutionary War Battlefield that has similar historic preservation issues to one they already abandoned.
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