Oklahoma landowners register private airstrips to keep wind farms at bay

"Interesting Tactic"

These are airstrips registered with the Federal Aviation Administration for private use. Most are turf runways mowed out of a pasture. Some even have a wind sock. But they have no lights or other nighttime warnings.

The rush to register airstrips is part of the fallout from a state law passed last year that put in siting regulations on wind turbines. Senate Bill 808 said the turbines had to be at least 1.5 nautical miles — 9,100 feet — from a school, hospital or airport. The law went into effect in November.


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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 25, 2016 at 11:32am

Over 10 acres comes under control of the state also........... as to IFW. So my parents found out when they temporarily owned surrounding a small pond. Currently, Maine without Wind Regulations, has to consult many agencies or departments to meet everyones standards or requirements. The DEP is trying to establish a set of One Size Fits all Chapter concerning Wind...... Good luck with your attempt........ maybe others should look at other prohibitions as well if Maine has had any for other reasons. (they probably edged around somehow) 

Comment by Penny Gray on November 25, 2016 at 11:24am

I believe that in Maine any pond or lake over ten acres in size is considered "open to public access".  Gaining access to said lakes and ponds across private lands is the issue, but a moot one if one is flying a plane equipped with floats or skis.  If FAA regs specify no industrial turbines within 9000 (plus) feet  from an air strip, I'm going to go measure my lower field and see if it qualifies, length wise, then register it and put up one of them orange wind socks.  

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 25, 2016 at 11:10am

1. How do I determine where I can legally land a seaplane?

While most pilots assume the FAA has jurisdiction over landing areas, including water based landing areas, the truth is much more complex. Jurisdiction rests with the person or organization that "owns" the waterway. This may be a federal or state agency, a local government, a private corporation, an individual or any combination of these.

Determining who controls a waterway is the first step in determining whether it is legal to land on that body of water.

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 25, 2016 at 11:04am

@Penny I am not sure about FAA regulations on Ponds, Lakes or Rivers. 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 25, 2016 at 11:03am

@Penny those are FAA rules & regulations, which Maine has no control over. With permitting Bingham the FAA had to give permission for the Blinking lights and could not be permitted until that was resolved. (my understanding) 

Comment by Penny Gray on November 25, 2016 at 10:59am

Interesting comments on that article.  What are the laws in Maine pertaining to industrial wind turbines and their proximity to airports?  Could a lake or pond where float planes land and take off be protected from encroaching wind development?

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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