Orangeville Residents Threaten Lawsuits Over Wind Turbines.

March 6, 2013 Updated Mar 8, 2013 at 12:52 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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March 6, 2013 Updated Mar 8, 2013 at 12:52 PM EDT


Orangeville, N.Y (WKBW) Nearly 150 residents in the Town of Orangeville have hired famed Love Canal attorney Richard Lippes to represent them in their fight against wind turbines.

The group is trying stop the construction of the Stony Creek Wind Farm in the Wyoming County Town of Orangeville that would see the installation of 59 large industrial wind turbines.

"We are just the small little guy trying to fight the big boy," added Lynn Lomanto, an Orangeville resident.

Calling themselves "Clear Skies Over Orangeville," the angry residents say the giant machines will be built too close to homes causing danger when built-up ice on the large blades are thrown off.

They also point to new studies from Canada and Wisconsin that studied low frequency sound waves created by the turbines, called infra-sound, and their effect on humans living nearby.

"Sleep depravation, hearing, heart palpitations, headaches...there are equilibrium problems, and it goes on and on," adds Lomanto.

The law firm of Lippes & Lippes has now sent a letter of notice to the company building the wind farm, Invenergy, and land owners who have signed leases for the project, that they could all be sued for damages, health effects, and loss of quality of life as a result of the Stony Creek project.

Lynn Lomanto, David Bassett, and Steven Moultrup have also filed a joint petition with the New York State Public Service Commission seeking to have a statewide moratorium on wind turbine development while more studies are conducted looking at possible side-effects of having the giant machines in rural residential areas.

Invenergy maintains that the wind turbines pose no health risk, and construction of the wind farm is being done in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations.

Attorneys for the company, Albany-based Dax Law Firm, have written to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) saying the residents petition is "untimely" and contains no new information.

They are asking the PSC "to promptly reject the Joint Petition" when the commission meets on March 14th.