Locals Ecstatic: Judge Shuts Down Falmouth Wind Turbines

The long-running saga of Falmouth’s two community tormentors has turned a corner, towards decency and human compassion.

Falmouth ordered to shut down turbines
Cape Cod Times
Ethan Genter
20 June 2017

BARNSTABLE — A Barnstable Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered the town of Falmouth to shut down two town-owned wind turbines.

Judge Cornelius Moriarty issued his decision at about 4:30 p.m. in the case which pitted the town against its own Zoning Board of Appeals and a neighbor of the turbines. The Board of Selectmen had appealed a decision by the zoning board that found the turbines are a nuisance.

In an emergency meeting Tuesday night, selectmen instructed the town manager to comply with Moriarty’s order.

“We are going to abide by what the judge has ordered,” said Doug Jones, chairman of the Board of Selectmen.

Known as Wind 1 and Wind 2, the two turbines at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility have been subjected to a litany of lawsuits, with neighbors saying the turbines have negatively affected their health and enjoyment of their properties.

Moriarty’s decision was welcomed by Barry Funfar, who lives next to one of the turbines and has sunk more than $100,000 into fighting their operation.

“We’ve been waiting for this decision for six months,” Funfar said.

The last action in the case was in December.

“My wife and I have been taxed by these turbines, right out of our home. … I’m very, very happy,” Funfar said.

Wind 1 has already been shut down under a prior court ruling, and Wind 2 had been reduced to 12-hour operation cycles.

In their emergency meeting Tuesday, the selectmen only touched on what to do as of 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, when Wind 2 is scheduled to go back online for its next 12-hour cycle.

Jones declined to comment on what the town plans to do after losing its appeal.

“The Town is evaluating the decision with its attorneys,” according to a statement issued by Town Manager Julian Suso.

The selectmen are scheduled to meet again on Monday in executive session to further discuss the judge’s decision, which contradicts another court decision.

In April, a Barnstable Superior Court jury sided with the town, saying there was no nuisance at a Wind 1 neighbor’s property.

There are several other lawsuits working their way through the courts, and while he looks forward to seeing what the selectmen decide, Funfar said he sees Tuesday decision as a “happy bump” in what will likely remain a long road ahead.

“My wife is going to be so happy to hear this,” he said.
Cape Cod News

Barry Funfar: delivered peace and justice, at long last.

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Comments

  1. Joe and Cindy Cobb says:

    God Bless! Now if we can only get the 145 wind turbines shut down here in Calhan Colorado so we too can have our health and sleep.

  2. Crispin Trist says:

    Could the tide be turning on this despicable industry?

    In recent days we’ve heard about the legal proceedings in Cork, followed by the Lord Howe Island decision not to allow wind turbines.

    And now this!

    Any wind farm projects that are approved from this moment on would be very unwise. With each legal case, more and more information is being gathered as to how to ‘stop these things’. Any council or town planning department considering these developments should seriously sit up and take notice. These industrial scale wind turbines are more trouble than they are worth.

    I suggest that any current or proposed wind projects should be avoided at all costs. If unreliable renewable energy is really what councils want, then perhaps all current and future wind projects such as Ryan’s Corner, Penshurst, Mortlake, etc should be replaced with solar fields. If these panels can be fitted to greenhouses for growing food then all the better. The land will have dual purpose. But neighbours rights must not be eroded in the process nor the environment or the scenic value of the landscape.

    Personally I would prefer to see several new strategically placed coal fired plants built, plus 5th Generation nuclear power stations, biomass, closed cycle gas, geothermal and hydro rather than carpeting the environment with 1000’s of useless bloody wind turbines. If people want roof top solar then so be it. But remember that it doesn’t end with getting off the grid. As soon as you walk out the front door to the supermarket or cafe or indeed hospital, etc. All of these areas will be experiencing higher electricity prices. So you may save on your electricity bill, but you are still going to have to pay through the nose for everything else!

    Just because wind turbines move does not mean they represent good progress. This psychology will be a difficult hurdle for pro wind supporters to overcome. And the wind industry nows it. Wind supporters are effectively going to have to be deprogrammed. New coal or closed cycle gas plants may not look like progress from the outside, but they are a damn sight more efficient at providing reliable and affordable low emission power into the future.

  3. Steven J Bernard says:

    Falmouth is actually quite a lovely town, where many people go to vacation or retire. I’m not surprised they might like a good night’s sleep.

  4. swan101 says:

    Well done people – a fine example of tenacity (and truth) winning the day.

  5. swan101 says:

    Reblogged this on UPPER SONACHAN WIND FARM and commented:
    Hopefully the first of many such successes worldwide as the truth about harm caused by wind power finally dawns – via an informed judiciary – to governments. Even the most skilled of the industry’s lobbyists can’t bury this forever.

  6. Now, if we can just do the same for the 53 x 3.45 MW turbines being built at Mt Emerald in Far North Queensland, when they get up and running, I think all the locals will accept the damage and carnage on the mountain, just for the sake of some peace and good health.

  7. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

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