Osage ranchers and Chief Red Eagle continue to oppose a windfarm project on tribal land, though construction begins this fall. The Osage people issued a letter to the developers stating the many issues the wind farm will bring, including: preventing aerial spray ofpesticide to keep the grass ecosystem healthy; impeding on native species habitat; and preventing oil study and abstraction.
In response, the group writes, “The issues raised in this letter have been brought forward many times before, and we are very pleased that, having thoroughly reviewed these arguments, the County Board of Adjustment voted unanimously to approve the Osage County Wind Project.”
Osage County became a battleground in the resource war when The Wind Capital Group placed a proposal to build a windfarm on oil producing Native land last year.The project calls for 90 windmills over the streach of 8,500 square miles of Osage land that could lose both aesthetic and monetary value if developed for wind energy.
Though the plan is still in motion, Chief John Red Eagle continues to appeal to the BIA for support against this project.