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Army: Kansas wind farms, military not in conflict

November 23, 2010

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— An Army attorney says there aren't any conflicts between military operations and wind energy development for now.

Stanley Rasmussen told the Joint Committee on Kansas Security on Monday that Kansas has a good system for coordinating wind development across the state. Rasmussen is the regional counsel for the office of the assistant secretary of the Army.

He says most of the best areas in Kansas for wind development are far from regular flight patterns for military aircraft near training areas and installations.

Rasmussen says aside from the chances of aircraft hitting the turbines, there are also issues of radar signals being blocked by turbines. The Flint Hills are considered among the best places in Kansas for wind farms because of existing power transmission lines.

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