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Oklahoma Judge Orders County to Approve Wind Turbine Development

(Editor’s Note:  The judge rejected complaints that the 400-foot towers would damage the sweeping views of the Osage prairie. “There is just as much of a chance,” the judge wrote, “that the general public will drive to see the operation of a wind farm as would be turned off by it.”

So the judge rules in ‘favour’ of people who may or may not want to come ‘see’ the turbines, but the people who actually live there among these giant industrial machines have no say and do matter at all in the equation. — DQ)

 

Michael Overall — Tulsa World — November 13, 2014

Six months after the Board of Adjustment refused to grant a permit for a second wind farm development across the rolling hills of Osage County, a district judge declared Wednesday that the giant turbines must be approved after all.

The county board voted 3-0, with a fourth member abstaining, to deny a conditional use permit for Mustang Run, which wants to construct 68 turbines across 9,000 acres near the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve north of Pawhuska.

The Mustang Run Wind Project promptly sued the board, and District Judge Robert Haney sided with the wind energy developers, partly because previous members of the Board of Adjustment had approved a separate wind farm, now under construction west of Pawhuska.

“It seems inconsistent,” the judge wrote, “for one board to say yes and a subsequent board to say no.”

Haney also dismissed concerns over the wind turbines threatening wildlife, saying it was “speculative.”

And he rejected complaints that the 400-foot towers would damage the sweeping views of the Osage prairie.    “There is just as much of a chance,” the judge wrote, “that the general public will drive to see the operation of a wind farm as would be turned off by it.”  (Continue reading here…..)

Read Judges Order here: http://www.tulsaworld.com/court-order-on-mustang-run/pdf_d5d42db4-70f0-5ed9-8e2a-1d6a6f7e60fe.html

Read related news story and watch video about Osaga Nation and farmers’ fight here.

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One Comment on “Oklahoma Judge Orders County to Approve Wind Turbine Development”

  1. Mary Kay Barton November 13, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Hey Judge Haney — People came from miles around to see the snake-oil salesmen at the circus, too. In hindsight, it’s pretty clear how those poor sad saps were taken for all their money for a scam!

    Just as the Obamacare architect, Gruber, said Obamacare passed because of “the stupidity of the American voter” – Industrial wind continues to be perpetrated on American taxpayers, ratepayers, and rural America because of the stupidity (and corruption) of guys like Judge Haney.

    “The love of money is the root of so many kinds of evil.”

    Same sad story, different state.

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