Paul Brouha, resident of Sutton, Vermont, today filed suit in Caledonia Superior Court against Vermont Wind, Northeast Wind Partners II, and First Wind Holdings over the Sheffield Wind Project. The filing states that the noise from and the visual impact of the project are out of character with the surrounding area, continue for extended periods, and constitute a nuisance.
These impacts are substantial and cause him and others in the community stress and annoyance and have compromised their ability to enjoy activities such as working outside, gardening, eating outside, walking, hiking, observing and hunting wildlife, and enjoying views of their properties and the surrounding countryside. The noise is also evident inside his home when low frequency noise and vibrations penetrate the walls and also when noise comes in through open windows. Brouha Home in Sutton about a mile east of First Wind’s 420 foot tall turbines
“When my parents fled the German advance in WWII and came to this country they settled here because of the natural beauty, the remoteness, and the peace and quiet of the place. All my life growing up and now retired here, right up to the time construction of the project started, we were able to enjoy these activities” stated Brouha. “Now we experience long periods of time when the noise from the turbines continues with no let up and the flashing blades and blinking lights catch the eye – we’ve lost our quiet, our natural countryside, and our peaceful night skies and now live in the midst of an industrial energy generation facility.”
The nuisance created by First Wind’s construction and operation of the project has caused significant harm and damage to Mr. Brouha. “As evidenced by the inability of owners to sell properties in the area, it is clear no one wants to buy or develop a property near the wind power project. As a result of project impacts and the loss of use and enjoyment of the property its salability has been compromised and a substantial reduction of value has occurred,” he stated.