W. VA: Woman sues wind farm over vibrations and noise

Quixotes Last Stand

Associated Press — October 2, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A West Virginia woman who says she’s suffered physically and mentally from turbine vibration at a wind farmnear 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.

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.

The sound, vibrations and “light flicker” are so intense that they cause anxiety, tinnitus, and mental and emotional distress that often force her to leave home, Saville said.

She wants a federal judge to issue an injunction shutting down the turbines and…

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