Eagles vs. Wind Farms: Osage Nation Wins Round
Thursday, September 05 2013 @ 12:11 AM EDT
Contributed by: MaryF
From David Hancock ~~ "Wind farms are one of those obscene issues of big business trying to pretend they are green -- it is like burning corn in the gas tank -- how obscene and anti-green. The concept of "Green" is a very simply one -- To pass the green test the product or process must contribute to preserving "biological diversity" on a sustainable basis. A tough test -- but an essential goal." ~~
Eagles vs. wind farms: Osage Nation wins round one ~~
By JARREL WADE World Staff Writer on Sep 2, 2013, at 2:22 AM
Updated on 9/03/13 at 2:52 PM ~~
PAWHUSKA - The Osage Nation appears to have struck a blow in a fight against a wind farm ready for construction in Osage County. Arguing that the wind farm could kill eagles that nest nearby - an important bird to the Osage culture as well as American culture - the wind farm construction has been temporarily set back.
Wind Capitol Group, a St. Louis-based energy organization, says construction of the 94 turbines will begin by the end of this year. Wind Capitol Group officials previously said they hoped to begin construction this summer.
"The project continues to work closely with local officials on required authorizations and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the voluntary Eagle Take Permit and looks forward to providing clean renewable energy to the American people in the coming year," according to a statement from Wind Capital Group.
However, the Osage Nation, which has longstanding interests in oil and gas in the area, is now pushing for full archaeological research in the wind farm's acreage, saying the area is some of the densest in all of Oklahoma for culturally significant tribal sites such as camp sites and burials.