[ exact phrase in "" • ~10 sec • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Tri-county wind farm heading back to county board  

Credit:  By Jim Hagerty, Online Editor, The Rock River Times, rockrivertimes.com 25 May 2011 ~~

Almost two years after an energy developer proposed erecting more than 400 wind turbines in parts of Stephenson, Ogle and Winnebago counties, the plans will head back to the Winnebago County Board.

Gamesa Energy USA, formerly Navitas Energy, was given the green light by the county zoning board to move forward in 2009. A lawsuit, filed by an Arizona resident who owns 400 acres in German Valley, however, has delayed the project.

Patricia Muscarello filed the complaint in a Rockford federal court Jan. 21, 2010, seeking an injunction against the farm, most notably the approximately 100 turbines projected to be erected adjacent to her property. Earlier this month, the court denied the injunction. That means plans will shift back to the planning stages where it left off in late 2009.

Muscarello was seeking damages of $500,000.

According to the complaint, damages were sought to compensate for “depreciation of use and value” of Muscarello’s property. Muscarello was also challenging the ordinance’s text amendment, which approved the land for permitted use while turbines could be sited without public hearings. Muscarello, who owns Watts Farm, Hilton Farm and Ross Farm, also alleged wind farms are a public nuisance.

“The case was dismissed,” Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen (R) said. “Nobody has filed for permits; and we still have work to do.”

Christiansen is unsure when the board will formally mull the project. Ordinances will be revisited before board members will vote on the plan.

“We still have to clean up the ordinances,” Christiansen said. “That means we will probably have to go back through that process.”

Muscarello filed a similar lawsuit to stop another Gamesa wind farm in 2006. The complaint alleged the project would compromise her property near the Ogle County Baileyville Wind Farm. In 2007, U.S. District Judge Philip Reinhard dismissed the complaint. The case is still tied up in court on the appellate level.

From the May 25-31, 2011 issue

Source:  By Jim Hagerty, Online Editor, The Rock River Times, rockrivertimes.com 25 May 2011

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate

Share:


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Share

Wind Watch on Facebook

Follow Wind Watch on Twitter