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.
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