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‘You need to wake up’: Lincoln Co. landowners raise alarm over possible wind farms 

Credit:  by TOM FERGUSON | Fri, March 15th 2024 at okcfox.com ~~

Landowners in Lincoln County are raising the alarm over possible wind farms coming to their area—and are urging county officials to put the brakes on two different projects.

A group of concerned residents told FOX 25 that they’re worried about their land losing value, their views being disrupted, and—most importantly—their water quality being impacted.

Robbie McCommas, a county resident, shared her concerns that the construction of the turbines and their vibrations once installed would release pockets of arsenic, chromium, and selenium into the Garber-Wellington Aquifer, which supplies water to central Oklahoma communities.

“The biggest concern is … having toxic chemicals in this water and, for the future of all of us … I would like that this be investigated,” she shared.

Organizers estimate about 400 residents showed up to a Tuesday meeting to discuss concerns—demonstrating that the Lincoln County community is uniting around the issue.

Concerned resident Paige Newcomb noted, “If anyone in our community is a tribal member, I would strongly encourage them to contact their tribal leaders to get their stance on this, and voice their concerns as tribal members for their native land.”

Proposed efforts include Apex Clean Energy’s Sandstone Hills Wind Project and Enel Green Power’s Cedar Run Wind Project.

Apex shared the following statement with FOX 25 about its project:

In the few short weeks we’ve been reaching out on our Sandstone Hills project, we’ve had a tremendous show of interest. We’ve also discovered there’s a fair amount of confusion between our project and another in the area, so we look forward to resolving that confusion and being receptive to the community’s concerns.

The company also highlighted information it has available for landowners to address health, property, and environmental concerns.

“Everyone needs to become aware of this. If you think you live rural anywhere in any state in the entire United States, you need to wake up. You really do,” asserted concerned resident Sallie Stewart.

Enel did not immediately respond to FOX 25’s request for comment.

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will be taking up this issue at their Monday morning meeting.

Source:  by TOM FERGUSON | Fri, March 15th 2024 at okcfox.com

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