A longtime crop-dusting company in Canadian County has sued the developers of a 300-megawatt wind farm under construction over a planned electricity transmission line.
Escott Rentals LLC, which is operated by father-son duo Rick and Tanner Escott, said a 90-foot tall transmission line from Canadian Hills Wind LLC will impede the flights of its crop-dusting operation.
The wind farm, which began construction in April, countered in court filings it had obtained the necessary easements near Escott's property to erect the transmission lines. It also said the Federal Aviation Administration signed off on the project as safe for airplane navigation.
Gabe Bass, attorney for Escott Rentals, said the company has been in business more than 50 years and has added hangars and underground storage tanks to its half-mile long, private airstrip near El Reno.
Bass said the Escotts aren't opposed to the wind farm project but want to protect their business. Most of their customers are farmers in and around Canadian County.
“It's just a balancing of the rights of them to build their transmission line and of my client's right to operate their business,” Bass said. “It's a significant threat to their business if they can't fly out of there.”
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