The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

State News

November 16, 2013

Another suit filed against wind farm

MARTINSBURG — A wind farm near Keyser continues to stir complaints, with the latest being a lawsuit filed by a businessman who says noise and vibrations are harming his efforts to sell houses.

The State Journal reports that Keyser businessman Mike Haywood filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg.  

In his filing, Haywood said the sound and vibration of the wind turbines are annoying and the source of “mental and emotional disturbances” that can’t be ignored. He said the whirring blades of the 23 wind turbines are thwarting sales at a proposed housing development less than 2 miles away.

The Green Mountain turbines are owned by Pinnacle Wind Farm LLC. They have the capacity to power nearly 12,000 homes.

The electricity generated by Pinnacle, however, is being sold in Maryland. About two-thirds of the power supplied by the wind farm powers Maryland’s Department of General Services, with the rest going to the University of Maryland system.

Haywood’s suit is one of 32 filed against Pinnacle in U.S. District Court within the past 60 days. They also allege turbine noise and vibrations.

An officer of Pinnacle’s parent company, Edison Mission Group of Rosemead, Calif., has declined in the past to discuss the lawsuits.

Vice President Charlie Parnell has said, however, the company “strongly denies the allegations being made against the project, and we will defend ourselves vigorously.”

Parnell said a sound-muffling system installed at the wind farm has been a significant improvement.

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