Wind Farm Opponents Lose Cases In Colebrook

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Opponents of the two wind farm projects in Colebrook have lost their “Not in My Backyard”  lawsuits, which won approval in June 2011 to build six turbines at two locations in the bucolic town.

Stella and Michael Somers, owners of the historic Rock Hall Bed & Breakfast in Colebrook, which they restored between 2005 and 2008,  had argued during hearings that the siting council did not have authority to approve the plans, and — more important — that the 40-story turbines would ruin their ability to offer peace and tranquility to guests.

Other plaintiffs, including the group FairWindCT, said the two projects would create unacceptable impacts, and that the siting council was prejudiced in favor of the plans from the start.

The question now is when these projects — Connecticut’s first modern, commercial wind farms — will be built.  BNE had originally expected to start construction last year but has suffered some setbacks, which the company said are not critical.

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2 thoughts on “Wind Farm Opponents Lose Cases In Colebrook

  1. MrLogical

    The invasion of these monstrous, ugly machines has now officially begun. Not only will they disturb and irritate proximate residents, despoil views, kill many bird species, and lower property values, they will also prove disappointing in terms of their net efficiency.

    Slippery slope.

    Big mistake.

  2. DR. Roy and Andrea Hitt

    This suit was not a NIMBY, it was a NOT IN ANY BACK YARD suit. The BNE proposed turbines are decades old technology, no longer subsidized by European and Asian gov’ts who discovered long ago that they were an inefficient, costly, harmful way of making very little extra power. The only winners are the hustlers who collect tax dollars and walk away from damaged, rusting turbines. Canada now pays resettlement cost to families forced to abandon their homes near turbines. There are wonderfully efficient, small, quiet alternatives available, some being produced on our own west coast.

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