May 13, 2011

Gov. Mary Fallin signs eminent domain bill to protect landowners from wind turbine operators

By Associated Press, 13 May 2011

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed an eminent domain measure into law that protects rural landowners from the threat of companies looking for locations to build wind turbines.

The bill’s author, Sen. Ron Justice of Chickasha, says wind power provides a tremendous boost to the state’s economy. But Justice says it’s also important to protect the rights of landowners.

The bill prohibits the power of eminent domain from being used for the siting or erection of wind turbines on private property.

It clarifies that landowners have the right to decide whether they want wind turbines on their property.

Justice says it was requested by landowners who were approached by representatives of the wind industry who wanted to put wind turbines on their land and mentioned the possible use of eminent domain.

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