Seminar on Wind Turbines Proposed for Charlestown

To help inform Charlestown residents about important issues in town, the Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA) will conduct a series of public service seminars on an on-going basis at Cross Mills Public Library. They are currently working on two series – industrial sized wind turbines and problems associated with dust emitted by Copar, a quarry on the Westerly/Charlestown line. Please contact CCA at mail@charlestowncitizens.org with any additional suggestions you may have for future seminars.

To help all residents learn about the local impact of proposed industrial sized wind turbines, CCA will sponsor its first seminar at Cross Mills Public Library on Friday, April 12 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. We’ve invited Mr. Neil Andersen, a home builder from Falmouth, Massachusetts to speak with residents of our town. He and his wife, Betsy, have resided in Falmouth for twenty two years and have lived with industrial sized wind turbines in their town for the past several years. Mr. Andersen has spoken in over twelve Massachusetts communities about the direct impact of industrial sized wind turbines in residential areas. He will share their first hand experiences with Charlestown residents followed by a Question and Answer session. We hope you’re able to join us and invite others to attend as well.

There have been two proposals for industrial sized turbines in Charlestown. One set of turbines was proposed directly on the border of the  Federal Ninigret Wildlife Refuge. Those would have interfered with the annual bird migration and failed to gain support from Federal authorities.

A second set of turbines are proposed next to an existing residential neighborhood and to an elderly housing project on Narragansett Tribal land.

The Rhode Island Superior Court is expected to render a decision regarding this second proposal in the near future. There’s a strong feeling among those who attended the March court hearing that the judge could order the Charlestown Zoning Board to conduct a public hearing to decide whether to grant a Special Use Permit to the developer. If granted, this would allow construction of two aproximately 425’ industrial-sized wind turbines to begin immediately.