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Love Canal Lawyer Hired by Opposition Group  

Perry landowner Valary Sahrle founded CHURN (Citizens for Healthy Rural Neighborhoods) to oppose Horizon Wind Energy’s wind farm proposal in Perry. To make sure their side is heard at Perry Town Board meetings, Sahrle’s group has hired environmental lawyer Richard Lippes of Buffalo.

Lippes is known for his legal work defending victims in the Love Canal disaster. He represented them in related cases throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Lippes contends stray electricity from wind turbines can harm peoples’ health. He also contends they can be damaging to the environment because they kill bats and birds that fly into the moving blades.

CHURN’s move is significant, because it’s the first time Lippes has been retained by a wind opposition group.

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Valary Sahrle, founder of CHURN, talks about some of the side effects of wind turbines.

P.J. Saliterman of Horizon Wind Energy says he’s not surprised by CHURN’s move to hire former Love Canal lawyer Richard Lippes.

Windfarms: Benefit or Burden?


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