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Lawsuit filed to keep turbines from taking root

MACON COUNTY – This land is set to become a wind farm, but dozens are suing the county to stop it from being built. Almost 40 residents have signed onto the lawsuit.

They say their rights have been violated, specifically their right to due process. Landowners say the county zoning board didn’t provide enough notice for meetings about the project and they feel their voices are being ignored.

The county board’s plan was to allow the Twin Forks Wind Farm to build up to 140 turbines here. It would operate for 30-years and generate almost $50 million in tax revenue.

But, a group of residents is determined to keep it from happening. They say they’re concerned about their property values and potentially negative health effects.

They also claim the county hasn’t been transparent with the process so they sued, naming every member of the county board. They say they want to put a stop to what’s already happening.

The goal of the lawsuit is to stop the farm’s development. Some who’ve signed on are also seeking thousands in damages. They say it’s for the trouble they had to go to trying to make their voices heard.

No word yet when the case might be scheduled to be heard in court.