Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signs eminent domain law to protect landowners from wind farm threat
Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a new law to protect Oklahoma landowners from companies using the threat of eminent domain to develop wind farms.
Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law an eminent domain measure 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, said wind power provides a tremendous boost to the state's economy, but he said it is important to protect landowners' rights.
The law was heralded by a northwest Oklahoma property owners group.
“The Southern Great Plains Property Rights Coalition supports any legislation which will help landowners protect their property now and for future generations,” the group said Friday. “We feel this is a step in the right direction since the use of eminent domain for profit is becoming a hot topic.”
The law prohibits use of the power of eminent domain for the siting or erection of wind turbines on private land. It says land
Justice said Senate Bill 124 was requested by land
Jaime McAlpine of Chermac Energy Corp. said wind developers and utility companies helped craft the bill's language.
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