Windmill Farms: Spin, Baby, Spin?

October 7, 2010

On the heels of last week’s story that the world’s largest windmill farm has begun operation, comes this New York Time’s article detailing how many of those who live near wind farms are suing the operators of the windmills for the resulting noise pollution.

According to NYT:

They are among a small but growing number of families and homeowners across the country who say they have learned the hard way that wind power — a clean alternative to electricity from fossil fuels — is not without emissions of its own… Lawsuits and complaints about turbine noise, vibrations and subsequent lost property value have cropped up in Illinois, Texas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Massachusetts, among other states.

The curious legal researcher can use WestlawNext to search our filings collection for windfarms cause noise pollution and retrieve 20 filings associated with the type of litigation referenced in the NYT article. A terms and connectors search of (wind-mill wind-turbine wind-farm /p noise ) retrieves 28 documents. Searching Journals and Law Reviews for wind-farm & noise /2 pollut! retrieves 28 articles on the issue. I expect these numbers to increase as more wind-farms come online.

And from the Law of Unintended Consequences (not available as a treatise, anywhere) comes news that Windfarms can change local climates. I suppose no one ever said weaning ourselves off fossil-fuel would be easy.
Submitted by
Seth T.
West Reference Attorney