[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind farms are not good for this rancher  

As a rancher in Osborne County that is not leasing to the proposed wind farm here, I took interest in your article of Dec. 31, 2007, “First Phase of State’s Fourth Wind Farm Nearing Completion.”

I have spent most of my life working to acquire and maintain my ranch properties and one parcel goes back four generations. Am I to sit and let this huge, disruptive, totally scenery changing wind farm operation take place around me, as helpless as the bison that originally roamed the prairie home?

I find business contracts offered me the poorest business venture I could ever make. One-third of 1 percent per structure value per year’s rent offered or, to my understanding, under 1 percent royalty hardly matches oil royalty.

What I see driving past the Lincoln project is a far bigger mess than any oil patch I’ve ever seen. We are asked to sign contracts for longer than the lands have been homesteaded. None of this is good business in my mind.

I see the Lincoln project as a monument to poverty shared in the community and the folks in Lincoln are supposed to receive over double the compensation that is being offered to the Osborne County landowner.

Osborne County must look like easy pickings for these wind farm opportunists with their government backing.

I’ll be brief in the way I feel about the disruption to nature and the changes in the scenery, the serenity lost and the privacy gone that I so enjoy as an Osborne County rancher. I do have very strong feelings for the natural prairie.

Surely, Governor Kathleen Sebelius and President Bush will be remembered in history with great disrespect for the scourge they have placed on our prairie lands! I find it rather odd they are willing to greatly disfigure the landscape for a convenience that has been with us such a short time and can be downright dangerous.

I do not want to be part of a low rent wind farm and hope there are others enough so we have a Kansas prairie fully up to our counties true life blood support of agriculture.

With faith in our prairie lands of Osborne County, I, for one, do not feel it appropriate to put up these tombstones to a failed agriculture.

–Kyle A. Brant, Lucas, Kan.

High Plains Journal

11 January 2008

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.