Kingfisher County landowners file lawsuit against Piedmont over wind turbine ordinance

by Paul Monies Modified: September 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm •  Published: September 24, 2013
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An attorney for the association could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Apex is not a party in the lawsuit. The company previously estimated 43 turbines in Canadian County and another 37 in Kingfisher County could be affected by Piedmont's declaration of wind turbines as a “public nuisance.” Apex has not finalized the placement of turbines for the project.

Crosby said city officials still hope an agreement can be worked out with Apex over the Kingfisher wind farm. Some city residents and elected officials think the planned locations for the wind turbines come too close to the city.

“Both sides have to give a little in a settlement, and presently we don't think Apex has,” Crosby said Tuesday.

Compromise offered

Dahvi Wilson, an Apex spokeswoman, said the company has held several meetings with city officials and is trying to work out an agreement. The company's proposal includes a buffer between wind turbines and city limits and a road-use agreement to compensate the city for wear and tear on city roads during construction and operations of the project. The city stands to get a payment totaling $1.5 million over 10 years under the proposed road-use agreement.

“Our comprehensive proposal seeks to address many different areas of concern that have been raised by the city in the past, and we are optimistic that it will serve the best interests of the city residents while protecting the property rights of unincorporated landowners,” Wilson said in an email.

Piedmont covers about 43 square miles in northeast Canadian County. One of the fastest-growing cities in Oklahoma, it has grown 57 percent in the last decade. It had a population of about 5,720, according to the 2010 census.

by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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