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Deweese said he has had problems with energy companies running lines on his land in the past. Danny Feerer also had concerns. "I chose to live in the country, not in a city, and I don't want giant power lines running across my front door.
The prospect of the sale was first announced last month, when Otter Tail said it had a nonbinding letter of interest to sell DMI. The company said the economics of the wind power industry and expiring tax credits were hurting demand for turbines.
J.P. Morgan has announced its stake in a $220 million funding package for the Chisholm View Wind Project will not be affected by a $4.4 billion second-quarter loss. The investment firm announced last Friday it took a $4.4 billion second-quarter loss in investments made by the company's Chief Investment Office in London.
It was a government subsidy industry where in exchange for creating conscience-soothing but otherwise inefficient windmills and solar panels, the government gave the makers piles of cash consumers never would. ...The reason the Spanish example is so important is that it demonstrates how the whole green energy "revolution" was really an ideologically driven green boondoggle from the start.
A planned electricity transmission line for the Canadian Hills Wind project will affect the flight operations of a local crop duster, the company said in court filings. But Apex Wind Energy Inc. said it has obtained the proper easements and permission from federal aviation authorities.
"We still have the same concerns, the Osage mineral estate and the ecosystem out there as well," Chris White, the Osage Nation's executive director of governmental affairs, said Thursday. "The Osage Nation will continue to pursue several other avenues to prevent construction from going forward."
The Osage Nation filed notice Thursday that it is appealing a Tulsa federal judge's denial of the tribe's attempt to prevent the construction of a 94-turbine wind farm west of Pawhuska.
A federal judge has ruled that St. Louis-based Wind Capital Group LLC's proposed wind farm in northern Oklahoma can go forward over objections that it would interfere with the Osage Nation's ability to produce oil and gas from the same lands. The ruling issued Thursday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell in Tulsa, Okla., comes just a day after the opening of a trial in the case.
A federal judge has denied the Osage Nation's attempt to prevent the construction of a 94-turbine wind farm west of Pawhuska, finding that the tribe's claim that the development would interfere with its mineral rights was based on speculation.
In one northern Oklahoma county, oil and wind don't mix. That's where plans by St. Louisan Tom Carnahan's Wind Capital Group LLC for a large wind farm have run into a roadblock - claims by the Osage Nation that it would interfere with the tribe's rights to tap oil and gas deposits.
Hardly a week goes by without the American Bird Conservancy sending me a press release about birds being killed at wind farms, a problem in the pursuit of clean energy. Yet the biggest bird mortality event of the past two years was the oil spill that resulted from the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon: More than 6,000 dead birds were recovered. So when does the environmental drawback of bird mortality trump a wind farm's benefit of reducing greenhouse gas emissions?
The complaint notes that the tribe is the owner of all the minerals located "in and under" Osage County and claims that construction of more than 90 wind turbines - as well as an associated network of electrical lines and roads - would interfere with future oil and natural gas production.
Clean Line still is working to gain regulatory approval for the project in Arkansas and Tennessee, Hurtado said. He said the route for the project has not been chosen but the company tentatively plans to begin construction in 2014.
Fitzgerald, representing defendants Wind Capital Group, Osage Wind and WC Investment Management, told the court that having a lawsuit such as this hanging over a project "makes lenders think twice." He said unless there is a prompt favorable ruling to the defense on the merits of the case "it probably kills this project."
Rep. David Dank, chairman of the Task Force on State Tax Credits and Economic Incentives, said the fact that the tax credits being analyzed are transferrable is particularly troubling. This means the tax credits are frequently sold for less than their value to reduce the tax liability of companies in an unrelated industry.
With construction on a massive wind farm scheduled to begin in Osage County in less than a month, a federal judge has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday in the lawsuit the Osage Nation filed in an effort to stop the construction.
The Osage Nation is concerned that 94 wind turbines and their network of electrical lines and roads would interfere with oil production and harm the delicate ecosystem of the tallgrass prairie. The complaint says each of the turbines would require extensive digging to create deep pits containing concrete foundations similar to those required in the construction of tall buildings.
Word, Eagle Claw president, said sluggish economic conditions and Washington gridlock contributed to private investors' hesitation to fund the alternative-energy project. The political fallout from the federal investigation of Solyndra, a California company that makes solar panels, didn't help either.
"The Osage Nation will not wait until the damage is done to the tallgrass prairie by this industrial wind project to take legal action," White said. "The Osage Minerals Council has a legal team in place and preparation is nearly complete to file against the proper parties in this matter.
Anderson Trucking Service, a Minnesota-based trucking company, and DMI Industries Inc., a company that manufactures and transports wind turbine parts, are also defendants. Crawford and Lethiot were working for the companies at the time of the crash, the suit says.