Panel calls for halt on wind projects

PROSPECT — A draft resolution signed by the Town Council on Tuesday calls for state legislators to place a moratorium on wind energy projects until state minimum standards are created.

The resolution recommends the Town Council to support renewable energy projects, acknowledge its responsibility to safeguard residents’ health, welfare, quality of life, safety and economic stability and support town land use and local health boards in establishing regulations for these projects.

It also supports Mayor Robert J. Chatfield’s appearance before the Connecticut Siting Council as the town’s representative, asking the siting council to take time to consider all information and give residents’ concerns maximum weight.

A four-member subcommittee drafted the resolution to the Town Council for an official town response to a proposed wind turbine project here.

The subcommittee was formed after several residents from a recently formed group, Save Prospect Corp., voiced concerns about BNE Energy Inc.’s proposal to erect two wind turbines at 178 New Haven Road.

Jeffrey B. Slapikas, who was elected subcommittee chairman, said the subcommittee was trying to look at both sides. A lot of residents are concerned, and while the subcommittee is all for renewable energy, it has to work for citizens’ concerns.

Last month, the West Hartford-based company filed an application with the siting council. BNE Energy is proposing two turbines, each measuring 462 feet from the base to the tip of the blade, company officials said.

— Special to the Citizen’s News