Clifton Voters Defeat Wind Project Moratorium 

The vote was close, but when all the ballots were counted, clifton residents turned down a moratorium on a proposed wind farm.The final count was 86 to 75.Clifton planning board member Bill Rand says the turnout for Thursday night’s vote was so large, the meeting was moved outside to accommodate everyone.At issue is four wind turbines that Bangor developer Paul Fuller wants to build on Pisgah mountain.A resident of Clifton pioneered the petition to get the 180-day moratorium on the ballot.Crystal Phillips felt many citizens were still uneducated about the wind farm project.”We started the moratorium to try to buy more time,” says Crystal Phillips. “The land use ordinance had already been completed, and we didn’t feel there was enough things the land use ordinance to protect the citizens.””It’s a matter of getting more education as to how they affect and don’t affect the people,” says developer Paul Fuller. “(The wind turbines) are very quiet, and the problem people have been having with other wind farms, there have been times when they have been placed too close to people.”Fuller says the closest residence to the turbines in Clifton will be about a mile away.He adds it will take three or four months for the permitting process.