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West Virginia residents file federal lawsuit against wind developers

Cumberland Times — September 22, 2013

KEYSER, W.Va. — A Charleston attorney has filed 23 federal lawsuits on behalf of 38 Keyser residents against Pinnacle Wind Farm at NewPage on Green Mountain, alleging the sound of the turbines has caused mental and physical health problems and the proximity has caused homes to lose their value, according to The State Journal.

Defendants in the suits were listed as Pinnacle Wind LLC, formerly Pinnacle Wind Force LLC, owned by subsidiary and affiliate of Southern California Edison Mission, Mission Wind Pinnacle Inc. and Edison International.

“Pinnacle strongly denies the allegations being made against its wind energy project,” said Charley Parnell, vice president of public affairs for Edison Mission Energy/Midwest Generation, in an email to the Times-News. “Further, Pinnacle takes seriously its role as a responsible member of the Mineral County community and has worked with the turbine manufacturer to develop and install equipment which reduced the noise from the wind turbines.”

Last year, louvers were installed on all 23 of the wind turbines at Pinnacle, according to Parnell.

“By all accounts they had a dramatic impact on the noise of the wind turbines,” said Parnell.

Residents are asking for a permanent injunction to prevent the wind farm from continuing operation. They are also seek reimbursement of any medical expenses related to its operation along with compensatory damages for past and future personal injuries, annoyance, inconvenience and the loss in value of the properties.

The Wood Law Office attorney representing the 38 residents told The State Journal that more lawsuits may follow.  Read full article, here…..

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One Comment on “West Virginia residents file federal lawsuit against wind developers”

  1. cornwallwindwatch September 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch and commented:
    Good luck! The truth will out.

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