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Oklahoma landowners sue over wind farm plan

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 28, 2014 at 10:04 am •  Published: August 28, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Seven central Oklahoma landowners filed a federal lawsuit against several companies planning wind farms, expressing concern for the health and safety of local residents.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Oklahoma City by the Oklahoma Wind Action Association names several companies associated with Apex Clean Energy Inc. The Virginia-based company and its partners plan to construct a 300-megawatt project in northern Canadian County and southern Kingfisher County.

Terra Walker, an Okarche landowner involved in the lawsuit, said studies show people within three miles of a wind farm can suffer from health effects. She said the wind farm plans include 58 turbines within three miles of her home.

"Our goal is to obtain some safe setbacks from the wind turbines," Walker said. "We just want them to be a safe distance to where our health and safety isn't in jeopardy."

She said litigation is the only option because there aren't any regulations.

"We don't necessarily want to stop the wind farm by any means. We just feel that there's no regulation in Oklahoma right now, and the wind companies come in and place them as close as they want to your homes," Walker said.

Those involved in the lawsuit are also requesting protection from the loss of use and value of land. They claim Apex has negotiated deals without consulting neighbors.

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