Neighbors Sue Wind Farm
A $200 million wind farm in upstate New York faces a personal injury lawsuit filed by its neighbors alleging that the disturbance from the turbines hurts their property values and causes health issues.
According to Courthouse News Service, the property owners named Iberdrola USA, Hardscrabble Wind Power, Atlantic Wind USA and affiliates, engineering consultant CHM2 Hill, and staff acoustical engineer Mark Bastasch as defendants in the lawsuit.
The suit alleges that the defendants did not sufficiently gauge the site for the Hardscrabble project, nor did they assess whether the project is viable and if it would produce practical benefits to the community, reports Courthouse News Service. The Hardscrabble Wind Power Project is located northeast of Utica, N.Y.
The plaintiffs allege that the 74-megawatt project with 37 turbines is responsible for their increased headaches, feelings of panic and anxiety, dizziness, sleep disturbance, and for degrading property value among other problems.
The plaintiffs seek punitive damages on account of negligence, private nuisance, trespass and strict product liability.