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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has scheduled a Sept. 12 meeting with representatives from the Osage Nation and Wind Capitol Group, agency officials said. More than a dozen eagle-take applications have been filed with the federal agency since Wind Capital submitted its request in October 2012 - but, to date, no permits have been granted. Officials expect the Osage Wind application to be the first considered.
Huffstutlar's farm is now surrounded by the Canadian Hills Wind Farm. The couple hates the turbines: the way they look, sound and make them feel. The Huffstutlars say it's impossible to hide from the 400-foot turbines on their neighbor's land - even inside the house. Tammy says they've had to add blackout shades to several rooms to block the strobing effect of the shadow flicker that flashes through the windows.
The Osage Nation is pushing for full archaeological research in the wind farm's acreage, saying the area is some of the densest in all of Oklahoma for culturally significant tribal sites such as camp sites and burials. "We're sitting and waiting on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make a decision on whether they are going to enforce federal law ... and order an archaeology study, which they did but never brought the tribe in for consultation."
Billions of dollars in transmission lines will have to be built before the nation's wind resources, which are concentrated in the center of the country, can be fully exploited by large population centers to the east and west.
A planned wind farm between Piedmont and Okarche could be up in the air after the Piedmont City Council voted to support legal action against the developers of the project and declared the wind farm a public nuisance. The actions, which came at a city council meeting Monday evening, were aimed at the Kingfisher wind farm, a 300-megawatt development in northern Canadian County and southern Kingfisher County.
A Piedmont city councilman who faced a recall election Tuesday lost after one of his two challengers pulled in nearly 55 percent of the vote. Councilman Vernon Woods received 35.7 percent of the vote Tuesday night.Pam Suttles, a local resident who led the charge to hold the recall election, said many local residents became upset with Woods after he continued to meet with representatives of Apex Wind Energy Inc. after city officials decided not to allow the massive turbines to be erected within Piedmont city limits.
A Piedmont city councilman faces a recall election Tuesday after he drew the ire of local residents by meeting with a wind energy company that has shown interest in erecting giant turbines in the fast-growing town.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has not issued a federal bald eagle "take" permit yet to Wind Capital Group, a St. Louis-based energy organization that is opening the 94-turbine Osage Wind farm in Osage County. The Osage Nation, which has oil and other mineral interests in the area, has battled the planned wind farm for years and objects to the possibility of eagle killing for cultural purposes involving the eagle.
"The eagle is a sacred and symbolic figure to the Osage people, and the area targeted for this project contains a high bald eagle population. We oppose the specific area for this project. It all comes down to siting projects in appropriate places, and this is not an appropriate place for a massive wind energy project."
The permit application acknowledges that up three bald eagles a year could be killed by the development over the 40-year life of the project. "I can't come up with the words in English or Osage to put a value on how important these (eagles) are to us and to our everyday survival," said Scott BigHorse, assistant chief for the Osage Nation.
Opponents of the permit, including conservationists and tribes in the area, say they aren't against "green" energy investments. However, they are firmly against the placement of the planned 94-turbine wind farm, which is surrounded within five miles by several active bald eagle nests. ..."If you look at one site, it's not that big of a deal, but you look at all the sites ... collectively, you're looking at a huge impact,"
The blades of a wind turbine located at a vo-tech center in Oklahoma were thrown by a tornado that hit the area. One of the blades smashed into a daycare center a quarter-mile away. ABC News reports that the whereabouts of the other two blades are still unknown. In addition to this single turbine, the Canadian Hills wind energy facility is eight miles away. Another project is proposed in an area just 3 miles away. Duration: 4 minutes 17 seconds
Shocking images of tornado damage in the Oklahoma City area. ABC News meteorologist Ginger Zee reports a wind turbine blade slammed into the child care facility at Canadian Valley Technology Center. No one was hurt.
Wind turbine blade takes out daycare/playground at Canadian Valley Tech in El Reno, OKlahoma.
Dank said the wind tax credits, among the most costly issued by state government, benefit some companies that are selling the power they generate to other states. "The Oklahoma taxpayers are being asked to subsidize electric customers in Tennessee and Alabama," he said.
A wind energy company that has proposed a wind farm project in north Canadian County made its most aggressive move yet to win over the community. But after hosting two public information sessions Apex Wind Energy was left with the assurance that many still don't want wind turbines built anywhere near them.
More than 1,100 megawatts of wind power capacity came online last year in the state. Much of it was driven by a rush of projects spawned by uncertainty over the expiration of a crucial federal tax credit for electricity generated from renewable energy. Congress then extended the wind production tax credit until the end of 2013.
"I am a supporter of wind energy, but they don't have very much regulation in [Oklahoma] and they are moving in towards the Metro area very fast," said Johnson, R-Yukon. "I think we need to slow down and look at some things first." The city of Piedmont has already denied the placement of wind turbines inside its city limits.
The Piedmont City Council on Monday delayed a vote on whether to allow landowners to de-annex from the city in a move that would make way for a wind farm development.
Canadian County Commissioners have been asked to place a moratorium on construction of new wind energy towers in northeast Canadian County. Several concerned residents, worried about a project that will bring large wind turbines to the Piedmont area. "It is a big county concern," County Commission Chairman Jack Stewart said.