Oklahoma Landowners sue over wind farm plan

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.

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

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.

Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

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