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Senate panel rejects wind farm moratorium

February 28, 2004

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— A measure sought by some Flint Hills landowners to block placement of giant wind turbines on the tallgrass prairie has been rejected by a Senate committee.

State Sen. Stan Clark, R-Oakley, and chairman of the Senate Utilities Committee, said he didn't believe the panel would work any more on the legislation -- SB 455 -- during this legislative session.

Proposals to put in place a moratorium on wind turbines in the Flint Hills died this week in the committee on 4-4 votes.

Some Flint Hills landowners say construction of the so-called wind farms would mar the landscape and view of the Flint Hills, which are home to the largest expanse of tallgrass prairie in the world.

But supporters of wind farms said it would provide farmers with lease income and help reduce dependence on pollution producing energy sources.

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