By Abbey Niezgoda
FAIRHAVEN, Mass. - What developer Sumul Shah calls a distraction, people in Fairhaven are calling negligence.
Residents endured a sleepless night after the developer tied to the Fairhaven wind turbines failed to shut them off. Shah says he was too busy watching the triple overtime Bruins game against the Blackhawks to remember.
Shah says currently, only he can shut off the turbines through his phone or computer. He says the software does not allow for an automatic shutoff, but he is working on it.
This incident comes less than a week after Shah was ordered by the Board of Health to turn the turbines off at night, between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm. Fairhaven Wind has been given 30 days to address the noise violations.
UPDATE: Shortly after this story, Fairhaven Wind decided to resume normal operations of the turbines and no longer shut them off at night. The company claims they never received written notice of the Board of Health's decision, and were only turning them off voluntarily.