Falmouth Sues Itself Again in Wind Turbine Conflict

The town has filed a second lawsuit against its own Zoning Board of Appeals for siding with wind turbine neighbors who say their health is being harmed, the Cape Cod Times reports.

Wind 1, one of Falmouth's two troublesome turbines. (Patch file photo)
Wind 1, one of Falmouth's two troublesome turbines. (Patch file photo)
The dispute over Falmouth's municipal wind turbines, which has become the community's most divisive issue, has again turned town government against itself.

The Cape Cod Times reports that the town of Falmouth has filed a second lawsuit against its Zoning Appeals Board for siding with turbine neighbors who said the whirling wind generators were harming their physical and mental health. 

Read "Turbine ruling prompts new Falmouth lawsuit."

The town wants the courts to overturn the board's rulings that Falmouth must act to alleviate the negative health effects reported by two couples who live near the turbines, Barry and Diane Funfar and Neil and Elizabeth Andersen, the Times reports. 
Bill Carson January 10, 2014 at 06:30 PM
Falmouth is now in the process of destroying the life of a Vietnam Veteran his family and life savings. The Town of Falmouth has said that anyone with pre existing conditions can not file complaints against wind turbines. Falmouth has over 126 certified noise complaints and Fairhaven has over 624 certified noise complaints against wind turbines . The Town of Falmouth says anyone who has a pre existing condition like cancer, illness in the family, financial loss, loss of a loved one or any adult who ever had anything negative happen in their life can't complain against a noise driving them or you out of your house. Today the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center the agency that sold the turbine to Falmouth released a bogus real estate study saying 440 foot 70 ton commercial wind turbines don't effect the value of your home = Folks it is Total BS .This is an attempt by an out of control state agency with no oversight to cover the massive mistakes they made placing these turbines .Everyone knows it : You me , the governor ,the news media. the Attorney General and the whole world - This needs to stop for the sake of humanity !
Bill Carson January 11, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Legality of town "taking" your residential property rights installing commercial wind turbines. Must read http://www.davismalm.com/UploadedDocuments/Articles/CockfieldMCLESuingtheScoundrels.pdf
Steve January 11, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Its seems obvious there is a problem here, Why did someone not know the negative visual affect to neighbors Why did someone not know the negative sound the turbines would make and neighbors would hear Why didn't someone consider the negative affect on land and housing values in these area's So the answers are simple, 1- Do nothing and penalize the affected people 2- Or do something to remove the penalty The 3 why's and someone's above should be the entities that should resolve these issues A judge maybe needed to do this in an equitable way s
Bill Carson January 11, 2014 at 06:51 PM
There was a group called "Concerned Citizens for Responsible Wind Power" that stopped the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center from building the two current wind turbines that are in Falmouth today. Massachusetts Technology Collaborative is now called the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. The group of citizens made public the flaws in the wind studies done for three towns Rochester, Mattapoisett and Marion. The wind siting report for the town was 14 pages long. There were major errors and contradictions on every page and some pages had up to three major flaws. The group went to the Plymouth District Attorney office in 2006. The proposal for building the wind turbines was given up for " economic reasons" . The real reason was the public had been alerted to the poor setbacks to the wind turbines and the financial effect on the homes around the wind turbines http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070402/NEWS/704020333&cid=sitesearch


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