A court hearing on a large wind energy development continues Wednesday in Mason County, where Consumers Energy is installing 56 turbines, south of Ludington.
A citizens group contends the county put public health and safety in jeopardy when it approved permits for Consumers Energy. Members of the group are worried that wind towers are being placed too close to their homes.
Consumers Energy argued the citizens group isn't directly affected by the project and has no business bringing its complaint to court, but Circuit Judge Richard Cooper disagreed and has allowed the suit to continue.
Crews are digging foundations and constructing bases for the nearly 500-foot-tall turbines. Citizens for Responsible Renewable Energy asked the judge to halt construction while its appeal is heard. The judge has yet to rule on that request.