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Wind Farm Lawsuit

An appeals court today upheld a lower ruling in Texas that people can't sue over wind turbines just because they don't like how they look.

Some landowners had sued in 2005 over FPL Energy's Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center near Abilene. Critics said the turbines were too loud, lowered their property values and ruined their scenic views.

Jurors, in the 2006 trial, in which noise levels and land values were discussed, ruled in favor of Florida-based FPL Energy.

The 11th Court of Appeals says the trial judge did not err because Texas law "does not provide a nuisance action for aesthetical impact.''

FPL Energy attorney Trey Cox of Dallas welcomed the ruling. A plaintiffs attorney didn't immediately comment. Horse Hollow now spans about 60,000 acres in Taylor and Nolan counties and has more than 400 turbines.

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