Neosho County approves wind energy project

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June 11, 2019 - 10:32 AM

A field of wind turbines. PIXABAY

ERIE – Neosho County Commissioners finally gave their nod to the planned Neosho Ridge Wind project by voting to approve four agreements at Thursday evening’s meeting.

The commission accepted the agreements in their entirety 2-1, with Commissioner Paul Westhoff opposed. The project, which will construct 139 wind-powered electrical generators on approximately 44,000 acres in southwest Neosho County, will be primarily in Westhoff’s district.

Earlier in the meeting, Westhoff moved for a moratorium on the project until September, which died for the lack of a second. Were that to happen, the project would likely not happen and the county could be sued for loss of investment in the un-zoned county.

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