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January 30, 2014

Court annuls permits for Richfield wind farm

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“We couldn’t understand how the town and the wind company could take our rights to develop our property without our consent, and the judge apparently couldn’t either,” said Mezik, whose land is within the 1,750-foot setback for the machines.

Carol Frigault, a local resident and the lead petitioner in the lawsuit aimed at stopping the project, said she and her group are “ecstatic.”

Douglas Zamelis, a Springfield lawyer who represents was the project opponents in the lawsuit, said the latest case was more challenging than the litigation decided in 2012 because this one was brought on “substantive” grounds rather than procedural ones.

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