No giant wind turbines in French Cul-de-Sac

POSTED: 08/12/13 12:10 PM

CUL-DE-SAC – Painter Antoine Chapon and Eric Poulin, both residents of French Cul-de-Sac won a court battle that started six years ago against a company that wanted to build three giant wind turbines on Red Rock in their neighborhood.

The company, Marju, obtained a permit to build the 91-meter high wind turbines in 2006, but Chapon and Poulin started court procedures to stop the project. The French-side newspaper St. Martin’s Week reported yesterday that an administrative court in Bordeaux sentenced Marju to pay the plaintiffs €1,500 ($1,980) in compensation for the costs of their legal battle.

Chapon and Poulin argued that the monstrous wind turbines would destroy the natural environment. Apart from the visual impact, Chapon and Poulin also foresaw noise pollution.

In 2011 the administrative court of Saint Martin ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, but Marju appealed the decision at the administrative court in Bordeaux. That court ruled six weeks ago also in favor of the plaintiffs. Marju still has one option: to go in cassation to a higher court.

According to the newspaper, the residents of Cul-de-Sac are satisfied with the court ruling, but they are a bit miffed that the Collectivité never stepped in to help them in their fight against the project.

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