Canadian Mayor Threatens to Shut off Water to U.S. Town over Wind Turbines

By Laura Carpenter The Newport Daily Express
DERBY, VT/STANSTEAD QC. – Mayor Philippe Dutil of Stanstead, Quebec, says he would shut off the water valves to Beebe Plains, VT, if the Town of Derby supports the proposed Derby Line Wind Project. The Canadians control the water that serves Beebe, a village in the Town of Derby, near the Canadian-U.S. border. Mayor Dutil made the statement at a gathering Sunday in Stanstead. Quebec residents toured the U.S. location, from the Canadian side, where the proposed industrial size wind turbines could stand. Dutil said that Stanstead and Vermont have had good friendly relations that includes managing the water supply to Beebe, a system separate from the International Water Company. The Canadian water workers have had to comply with both Canadian and U.S. guidelines, and doing so serves no benefit to Canada; it’s a friendly gesture to the country’s American neighbors. Dutil also says that Stanstead had been responsible for Canusa Road, a unique road with the north lane in Canada and the south lane in the United States (Beebe, VT).

Dutil reiterated that his statements are his alone, and the Stanstead Council, which would have the ultimate say, did not pass a resolution on the issue. The International Water Company (IWO) serves parts of Quebec and Derby Line, along with the Derby Elementary School. Eight Canadians sit on the board with four Americans. Dutil has brought up the IWO as a reminder of friendly relations and working together. He also notes that Derby Line sewer goes north to Stanstead for treatment.

Protest Planned
Opposition is growing every day, Dutil said, and a protest is scheduled for outside the Haskell Library and Opera House, which straddles the border of Derby Line, VT, and Stanstead, QC. The protest is scheduled for Sunday, May 6, at 1 p.m. Dutil said he is organizing with others mayors and that the Provincial Government is getting involved. Dutil said he has read about leaders coming together and stopping proposed wind turbines projects that are too close to homes. Read article

9 thoughts on “Canadian Mayor Threatens to Shut off Water to U.S. Town over Wind Turbines

  1. It is an article like this that make me keep the faith that soon other elected people in southern ON will have the cajones like Mayor Dutil to say NO to turbines and do something brave. Awesome, monsieur. Bonne chance!

    • Yes Monsieur
      Come to West Lincoln, we can use a Mayor like you. You have earned the title Right and Honourable!

  2. I applaud mayor Dutil’s stand.. Finally someone with the Ba–$ to stand up to those gravy sucking pigs..Kudos to you, fine sir..

  3. Yes Mayor Dutil, we will be vacationing and spending money in the Eastern Townships this summer, as opposed to turbine-infested areas of Ontario. Stanstead’s gain … too bad so sad for Goderich, Port Elgin, Manitoulin Island, Kingston, and soon on the no-go list, the Bruce Peninsula.

  4. High Drama at Derby Meeting
    http://newportvermontdailyexpress.com/content/high-drama-derby-meeting

    Select board member Karen Jenne read a letter from a Canadian resident who is in the process of building a home approximate 325 feet away from where one of the proposed, 400-plus foot tall turbines could be constructed. In the letter, the homeowner warns of possible legal action against the Town of Derby and the villages of Derby Center and Derby Line if the turbine project is supported.
    Canadian opposition is growing with concerns over health effects, safety, and property values.

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