Following a hearing Monday, a Chancery Court judge ruled Tuesday that Lechliter had not shown he would suffer irreparable harm if the road is built. The judge said the chancery case remains on hold pending a ruling on defense motions to dismiss a similar federal lawsuit filed by Lechliter.
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Lechliter alleges the university obtained permits for the turbine "based on backroom negotiations with DNREC and the City (Lewes) and its public misrepresentations that the wind turbine would cause no intrusive noise and not result in diminution of property values."
A group of Lewes residents is readying a lawsuit that would target the University of Delaware, City of Lewes and other agencies that approved placement of a wind turbine on land adjacent to the university's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment Hugh R. Sharp Campus. Site preparation for the 2-megawatt wind turbine began last March and the unit began operation in August.
Janice Pinto, who lives on Rodney Avenue, compares the sound to "a jet engine that won't land." "Neighbors are awakened ... I'm concerned," she said. "I think environmental government controls need to protect citizenry from noise pollution."
The City of Lewes might place a one-year ban on the construction of wind turbines while city council devises a policy to govern them. Mayor Jim Ford said the installation of a research turbine at the University of Delaware's (UD's) College of Earth, Ocean and Environment made apparent the need for a formal stance regarding residential, commercial and light-industrial turbines.