Last week, attorney Rufus Brown filed a brief on behalf of aggrieved neighbors of the Vinalhaven (ME) wind turbines with Maine Superior Court. The filing represents a summation of the case related to noise from the turbines that has turned the lives of nearby residents upside down.
The full brief is available, here:
Petitioners’ Rule 80C Brief (as filed)
For additional information and background, click this link.
In its December 2012 newsletter to ratepayers, FIW and Fox Islands Electric Cooperative prepared ratepayers on Vinalhaven to pay more to fund an anticipated appeal of the court’s eventual decision mid-2013. They wrote, (sic) ratepayers should invest in appealing a ruling in favor of the neighbors, rather “than have the industrial turbines so overburdened with regulation that these higher costs would continue through the life of the project.”
Sadly, when Fox Islands Wind and the Coop rail about regulations, the fact is that ratepayers are paying for FIW’s own mistakes in siting the project too close to homes. The turbine developer ignored the advice of its own consultant during the permitting phase and avoided disclosing the noise issue to either neighbors or the wider Vinalhaven community that was swept up in orchestrated enthusiasm at the time.
Please read the full posting here.
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