Letters to the Editor

224 Concerned Citizens

Our community should be thankful for those 224 concerned citizens who allowed us to submit their signed letters of comment in person to the Oklahoma State Corporation Commission.

Beginning at the December 2nd hearing at 10 a.m. in the Oklahoma Corporation Commission courtroom 310, the efforts of these 224 citizens and their letters of comment will potentially help pave the way for Oklahoma state legislation disallowing future inappropriate building of wind farms in areas such as tribal, natural resource, scenic and ecologically sensitive areas.

The Oklahoma State Corporation Commission is a regulatory agency for the State of Oklahoma with emphasis on the Fuel, Oil and Gas, Public Utilities, and Transportation Industries, and currently the commission is identifying and resolving issues relating to the development and use of wind energy within Oklahoma. These 224 letters of comment will aid the Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners in identifying areas in the state (such as the Osage) where wind farms are inappropriate to site, and also help the commissioners resolve potential regulations enabling both community officials and wind farms to abide by up-and-coming state laws.

Ultimately, the input from these citizens will aid Oklahoma state legislators in forming the legislation desperately needed in this state to hopefully prevent a repeat of what has happened in the Osage Nation/ Osage County.

Letter contributors include both Osage and non-Osage; home owners, renters, merchants, farmers, mineral shareholders, elected officials, tribal employees, oil producers and more from every walk of life and from across the U.S. These 224 citizens are being mindful and dedicated enough to keep up with current issues of concern and to take action to provide a clear road for future generations.

Scott Lohah
Hominy, Okla.

Nanette Kelley
McKinleyville, Calif.