Northern Maine Windmill Neighbors Sue

August 14, 2009

More than a dozen neighbors of the Mars Hill wind farm in northern Maine are suing the owner, town and companies that built it.

The civil suit was filed in Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou. Plaintiffs say they’re bothered by noise from the turning blades at FirstWind’s 28-turbine wind farm and claim their property has lost value. The neighbors also say they weren’t fully notified about the construction process.

The suit seeks compensation for the alleged devaluation of properties and stress they say the wind farm has brought.

FirstWind spokesman John Lamontagne told the Bangor Daily News on Tuesday that he couldn’t comment on pending litigation. But he said that others in Mars Hill are happy with the project and that the company completed all regulatory steps needed to build the wind farm.

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