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US v AES Laurel Mountain Wind LLC

Aes-wind-plea-agreement_thumb The AES Laurel Mountain wind energy facility consists of 61 GE 1.6 MW turbines (97.6 MW) and a 32 MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). On October 2 and 3, 2011, fog and a low cloud ceiling resulted in migrating songbirds becoming trapped in the light of the battery complex. A total of 483 birds were destroyed as a result of colliding with the battery system and wires. AES Laurel Mountain LLC was sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Aloi to pay $30,000 in fines after pleading guilty to two federal charges related to the deaths, a crime under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). A portion of the filing is provided below. The full record can be accessed by downloading the documents attached to this page. 
24 Feb 2016

Canadian company buys WV wind project for $200 million

A Fortune 500 Canadian energy company recently bought a long-delayed Grant County wind farm, paying $200 million for the project, which they hope will be up and running in a year. Enbridge, a Calgary, Alberta-based pipeline and energy company, announced Wednesday that it bought the New Creek Wind Project and plans to have the 49-turbine farm in operation in December 2016.
27 Nov 2015

Wind energy proves a problem, not panacea

But, as states such as Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas are discovering, there is no such thing as free electricity – in addition to the financial costs, there are political and environmental costs associated with even the most renewable sources. And politicians are beginning to see the truth that executives of renewable energy companies are just as invested in the success of their corporations as those who run coal companies. The struggle for that kind of power will go on no matter what source of energy the politicians back next.
3 Oct 2014

Keyser resident wants wind farm stopped

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg, alleges low-frequency pulsations from the turbines, while always present, "are at times more severely debilitating, causing core pulsations. At times these symptoms are so intense that (potential buyers) cannot escape the adverse effects ... without leaving their property."
16 Nov 2013

32 lawsuits filed against Pinnacle Wind Farm; Latest litigation alleges operation interferes with use, enjoyment, value of property

Thus far, at least 32 lawsuits have been filed over the Pinnacle Wind Farm at NewPage on Green Mountain. Gary and Amy Kalbaugh are the latest to file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia at Martinsburg. The Kalbaugh lawsuit is only the second lawsuit classified as a “torts to land” claim.
14 Nov 2013

Keyser woman sues wind farm, claiming distress

Anna Bell Saville lives about 1.5 miles from the site and contends she’s lost the ability to enjoy her home and property. She sued Pinnacle Wind LLC and its parent company, Edison Mission Group. The 23 turbines on Green Mountain create low-frequency pulsation noise and vibration that is irritating, annoying and “at times, severely debilitating, causing core pulsations,” her complaint said.
8 Oct 2013

W.Va. woman sues wind farm over vibrations, noise

A West Virginia woman who says she's suffered physically and mentally from turbine vibration at a wind farm near Keyser is suing to have the operations shut down. Anna Bell Saville lives about 1½ miles from the site and contends she's lost the ability to enjoy her home and property. She sued Pinnacle Wind Farm LLC and its parent company, Rosemead, Calif.-based Edison Mission Group, in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg late Tuesday.
2 Oct 2013

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=West+Virginia
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