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2:03 pm
Fri June 5, 2009

Oklahoma: Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plain

Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Indian leaders are being encouraged to consider wind power especially for tribal casinos, medical clinics and administrative projects.

Speakers at a Sovereignty Symposium in Oklahoma City say wind turbines could be a clean, cost-effective way of providing electricity.

Osage tribal member and Chermac Energy Corporation president Jaime McAlpine says wind projects would also create tribal jobs.

But there are also potential conflicts such as some tribal members concerned that wind turbines and transmission lines obstruct the natural beauty of the land. There could be a potential reduction in hunting grounds and wind energy sites could infringe on burial grounds and archaeological sites.


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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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