Falmouth Wind Turbine Litigation One of the Longest In Massachusetts History
In 2010 the complaints started over the noise from the Falmouth wind turbines as soon as they started to spin. The litigation started immediately and current litigation is going into 2019
The ongoing trials and subsequent appeals process look to make this one of the longest civil lawsuits in Massachusetts history.
Allegations of misconduct were raised in court that the town hid information from the voting public.
The Town of Falmouth in May of 2013 voted to take down their two town-owned wind turbines. The turbines are affecting up to 200 residential homes. The neighbors describe the noise as torture from lack of sleep.
The vote to remove the wind turbines failed with 6,001 voting to keep the turbines and 2,940 voting to remove them.
Falmouth officials including the Select Board got the vote they wanted for their wind turbine agenda.
After the vote not to take down the wind turbines town officials released documents including emails, maps, memos and a warning letter that they all had known all along the turbines generate 110 decibels of noise raising noise levels above state regulations at nearby homes. ARRA, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 grant funds were involved in the installation of Falmouth Wind II.
Documents reveal the information was a danger to public health or safety related to the implementation or use of ARRA recovery funds.
The two turbines both Vestas V-82 type 1.65 megawatt wind turbines located at the Wastewater Treatment Plant have been shut down by the court as the court determined the turbines a nuisance.
The Select Board, while an appeal has been filed by the Green Center, has hired a company to move the turbines around on the townland to sidestep prior litigation.
The movement of the turbines appears to move the town back to the year 2010 starting eight more years of litigation.
Falmouth Town Meeting meets every six months and has approved up to $260,000.00 every six months for litigation.
The town needs to stop telling people how much it will cost to take down the wind turbines but how much has it already cost to keep them up and how many more years do they expect to stay in court at taxpayer expense.