Articles from West Virginia
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.
MARTINSBURG – A residential property developer is claiming damages after wind turbines were placed near his desired property development.
In November or December 2011, the turbines produced noises and pulsations, according to the complaint. The complaint further states the noises and pulsations from the turbines cause annoyance, mental and emotional injuries, physical pain and decreased property use and enjoyment.
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.
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.
Among them are bald and golden eagles. Rest assured, if the mining industry was responsible for killing a significant number of the birds, the fines and penalties would be harsh. But President Barack Obama's favored "alternative energy" industry gets a pass.
The residents, who all live close to the wind farm, allege that the turbines and blades emit both low- and high-pitched noises, causing health and mental problems, including disturbed sleep, headaches, stomach issues, ringing in the ears, internal pulsation, irritability, anger and fatigue. Parnell indicated that he wasn't aware of any other complaints about noise causing health issues at any of the other wind farms that Edison owns.
There can be no clearer example of the risk faced by the neighbors of the proposed Dan's Mountain wind project than what is actually happening just a few miles away at the Pinnacle project, which was developed by the very same individuals responsible for Dan's Mountain. If there is any doubt about the risk, perhaps Maryland citizens could speak with their West Virginia neighbors.
A Charleston attorney has filed 23 federal lawsuits on behalf of 38 Keyser residents against a local windfarm, alleging the sound of the turbines caused mental and physical health problems and the proximity caused homes to lose their value. Residents are asking for a permanent injunction to prevent the windfarm from continuing operation. The residents 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 operator of a southern West Virginia wind farm estimates that several dozen endangered bats could be killed by flying into turbine blades during a 25-year period, according to a federal review of the risks to the flying mammals. The estimated death toll comes as Beech Ridge Energy requests a permit under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The Maryland Public Service Commission on Tuesday deferred for one week action on a request from Dan's Mountain Wind Force LLC that its deadline to start building wind turbines be extended until Dec. 31, 2014. The company said it could not comply with a Sept. 12 start date.
Following nearly 10 months of collecting information and conducting a series of public hearings, the PSC issued an order Wednesday allowing Invenergy Wind Development North America LLC, Beech Ridge's parent company, to place an additional 33 windmills on a 70,000-acre tract owned by Mead Westvaco. The site is just west of Beech Ridge's existing 67-turbine installation.
Thursday's hearing was relatively brief, in part because no one from the public appeared in protest of the 33-turbine expansion and in part because Beech Ridge, the West Virginia Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO and the PSC staff had entered into a joint stipulation and agreement for settlement prior to the hearing.
MARTINSBURG - Area individuals and businesses alike thought they would get a tax credit for their use of solar technologies in 2011; however, many were confused when they were denied the credit upon filing.
An Invenergy official, told the Greenbrier County Commission that substantial tax revenue would fall to the county if the wind farm expansion gains approval. The county now receives around $400,000 per year from the project. That figure would rise to approximately $600,000 with the 33 additional turbines, Duncan said.
Health problems experienced by residents near a Brown County wind farm are being debated as the developer of that project seeks approval for a larger wind project in St. Croix County. In a series of tests conducted last month, acoustical experts from various sides of the wind power debate sampled homes in Glenmore, near the Shirley Wind project, for low-frequency noise.
MOUNT NEBO, W.Va. -- What began as a dream more than three years ago is now towering 104 feet above a slope overlooking a corner of Summersville Lake, drawing camera-wielding visitors off nearby U.S. 19 like a ... well, like a lighthouse along a scenic coastal highway.
New wind energy projects stalled when financing dried up during the Great Recession. Now new projects have hit turbulence because an important federal tax credit is set to expire.
Beech Ridge Energy is looking for a 25-year permit that would essentially get them off the hook for all the endangered bats that get killed flying into its turbine blades. The project currently has almost 70 turbines in action and has plans to put 30 more in the area.
The PSC dismissed the complaint because the sitting order does not contain material terms and conditions related to noise or flicker and because the agency does not possess the statutory authority to address the issues raised by Braithwaite, according to the commission's final order.