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Trump administration asks Supreme Court to avoid Osage wind farm case

The federal government later joined the legal battle on behalf of the tribe, claiming the excavation work was mining and therefore required a lease. It lost its original case but won in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which found Osage Wind was engaged in mining without a lease.

Dirt work is seen at one of two wind farms for Osage County that drew opposition from the Osage Nation, its mineral council and the Nature Conservancy. David McDaniel/The Oklahoman file

Siding with the Osage Nation, the Trump administration is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to consider the case of a wind farm in northern Oklahoma, saying the matter is "not worthy of this court's attention."

In 2010, a company now known as Osage Wind leased rights to 8,400 acres of private land to install 84 wind turbines and began digging large holes in Osage County. The Osage Nation, through its Osage Mineral Council, tried and failed to stop the project.

The federal government later joined the legal battle on behalf of the tribe, claiming the excavation work was mining and therefore required a lease. It lost its original case but won in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which found Osage Wind was engaged in mining without a lease.

Osage Wind asked the Supreme Court to take the case and the court asked the solicitor general, who represents the federal government before the Supreme Court, to weigh in before it goes any... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Dirt work is seen at one of two wind farms for Osage County that drew opposition from the Osage Nation, its mineral council and the Nature Conservancy. David McDaniel/The Oklahoman file

Siding with the Osage Nation, the Trump administration is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to consider the case of a wind farm in northern Oklahoma, saying the matter is "not worthy of this court's attention."

In 2010, a company now known as Osage Wind leased rights to 8,400 acres of private land to install 84 wind turbines and began digging large holes in Osage County. The Osage Nation, through its Osage Mineral Council, tried and failed to stop the project.

The federal government later joined the legal battle on behalf of the tribe, claiming the excavation work was mining and therefore required a lease. It lost its original case but won in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which found Osage Wind was engaged in mining without a lease.

Osage Wind asked the Supreme Court to take the case and the court asked the solicitor general, who represents the federal government before the Supreme Court, to weigh in before it goes any further.


Source: https://www.tulsaworld.com/...

DEC 10 2018
http://www.windaction.org/posts/49222-trump-administration-asks-supreme-court-to-avoid-osage-wind-farm-case
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