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Tribe fighting construction of Osage County wind project

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.
5 Sep 2013

Lacking state policy, local politics test the promise of wind energy in Oklahoma

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.
5 Sep 2013

Eagles vs. wind farms: Osage Nation wins round

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."
2 Sep 2013

Piedmont City Council approves lawsuit against wind companies

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.
27 Aug 2013

Piedmont councilman voted out in recall election

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.
14 Aug 2013

Osage Nation officials take cultural stand against eagle kill permit

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.
24 Jun 2013

Osage Nation objects to wind-turbine company's potentially precedent-setting request to kill bald eagles

"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."
14 Jun 2013

Wind farm seeks permit to avoid fines in case of eagle deaths

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,"
6 Jun 2013

Catestrophic tornado: 1 turbine blade lands on a daycare, location of other 2 blades unknown

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
2 Jun 2013

Dank blasts last minute tax credits

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.
20 May 2013

Citizens seek wind farm moratorium

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.
5 Dec 2012

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