By Matt Montgomery
Oklahoma Sen. Rob Johnson introduced two pieces of legislature recently, one of which calls for a moratorium on wind farm facilities utilizing wind turbines located within a 10-mile radius of any municipality of 200,000 or more residents. This piece of legislature is Senate Bill No. 912.
Johnson said this senate bill will come up for committee to vote on this in the next couple of weeks. He also sought out the opinion of the Oklahoma Attorney General.
“That’s just to clarify that Attorney General’s opinion to make it clear if the Canadian County commissioners would like to do this,” he said. “This is up to a three-mile buffer.”
He said the distance of the buffer around a proposed wind farm will be up to the Canadian County commissioners.
Johnson said he has met with landowners on both sides of the wind farm argument.
He said he is a strong supporter of wind energy.
“I understand the effects of green energy and diversifying our uses of energy,” he said. “We should not just be dependent on foreign oil. So, I’m very supportive of the wind industry.”
However, Johnson did express some concerns with wind energy production.
“My concern with the wind farms that are being developed is I don’t want to get too close to heavily populated areas,” he said. “I would like them to be out in the country , away from where a lot of residents live.”
Johnson said he doesn’t think there has been enough studies done on wind energy and its effects.
He said some people’s complaints are solely aesthetic.