FAA Looks at Roanoke Area Wind Farm

March 9, 2016 in Personal Injury Articles | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

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As federal regulators look at a big proposal for up to 25 wind turbines in the Roanoke area of Botetourt, they’re seeing significant risks.

Daily Progress reports show the turbines that would tower some 500 feet above local land contours would be considered an obstruction under the standards of the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), partly because the physical and electromagnetic systems might interfere with the use of local airspace.

Apex Clean Energy, a local company, wants to install this setup as soon as possible — and company officials are hoping they can change the FAA’s mind. The Botetourt project isn’t the only tall wind farming project under development in the region, and some are calling the FAA’s judgment simplistic, noting that there is an arbitrary 500-foot cutoff for wind turbines. There’s also the added benefit that the wind farm would produce enough juice to power some 20,000 local properties.

Those who are following these interesting types of projects will note the intensity and detail with which the FAA oversees wind farms and other types of airspace issues. But they may also note the proactivity with which the FAA goes after any threats to public airspace.

It’s great that there’s a regulator to do this above ground, but back on the ground, there’s often no regulator available when it comes to the very real risks and hazards that face local residents. Whether it’s an accident at work, a slip and fall case in a public setting, or a traffic accident, too many of these kinds of cases end up getting tossed about in court because of a lack of critical oversight and efficient legal resolution.

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In many cases, injury victims lose out on the compensation they should get, or they wait months and months for court cases to resolve or they end up taking low-dollar settlements because there’s some sort of confusion or disagreement about third-party responsibility.

Qualified personal injury attorneys work to remedy this problem. They bring the same types of eagle-eyed judgment that the FAA brings to airspace concerns. They use federal, state and local law efficiently, and they also look at case precedent in order to give their client a voice in local courts. They do the necessary legal research and fact-finding to help injury victims be confident with court results.

It’s all part of helping injury victims understand their legal options and get access to their rights under the law. It’s about giving these unfortunate families a voice in local courts. And it’s about keeping businesses and other parties honest about the value of public safety.

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