[ 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

Oklahoma congressman says wind turbines are endangering U.S. airmen  

Credit:  By Mckenna Eubank | KOKH | okcfox.com ~~

According to U.S. representative Steve Russell, new wind turbines are being built in a hot spot for low level flight training that Air Force Bases in Oklahoma use.

The turbines are so tall, Russell says it could make that flight training too dangerous for airmen.

“What we need to do, is make sure companies who are subsidized by U.S. tax dollars are not putting U.S. service men and women in jeopardy, to secure their profits that are tax subsidized. They’ve got to put the country ahead of themselves,” he said.

“These military training routs have been there for decades, but there’s this race to throw up as many windmills as possible because of the moratorium on subsidies, and they’re trying to beat that deadline.”

If the company, NextEra, continues their project, which is reportedly not in the original footprint the company said it would be, the viability of Oklahoma Air Bases are in jeopardy of having to close just so they can train airmen properly.

Landowners near Hinton are also forced to live with the invasive construction on what they call historic land.

Tammy Huffstutlar said, “Please respect where we live. Don’t be building on our historic trails. Don’t be building right next to our homes. That’s not a good neighbor.”

Fox 25 reached out to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, who said they have been made aware of the issues surrounding this wind energy project. They also say there have been no official claims filed, and since the project was approved before the new law was put into effect last spring, they tell us there’s not much the commission can do besides wait for someone to file a lawsuit.

Even after that, it’s unclear if anyone has the power to shut down the companies’ plan.

Russell says Oklahoma is not the only state dealing with issues with wind farms.

“I’m on these committees where we look at these problems,” he said, “and we are hearing it from many states across the country saying ‘hey, who authorized these things to go up in these training areas?’

The Special Aeronautics Commission met about this issue on September 11th. A representative from the Attorney General’s office was there and they discussed filing civil action to try and stop NextEra from continuing construction of the wind farm. They voted to take action.

Fox 25 will update you with any new information.

Source:  By Mckenna Eubank | KOKH | okcfox.com

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.