Monday, February 14, 2005

Judge Dismisses Suit Against Proposed Kansas Wind Farm

The Wichita Eagle reported Friday that a judge had dismissed a federal lawsuit filed last month against a proposed wind farm in Butler Co, Kansas.

The lawsuit was filed in January by the Flint Hills Tallgrass Prairie Heritage Foundation against the companies involved in the Elk River Windfarm - a $190M, 100 turbine project that is slated to begin construction in March. The 172 page complaint filed by the plaintiffs sought to prohibit commercial wind energy development in the Flint Hills region of Kansas, considered to be one of the best remaining examples in the Midwest of a tall grass prairie ecosystem.

The Judge has not yet issued a written opinion, but according to news reports, told attorneys in the case that he was dismissing the suit because the complaint failed to state a valid legal claim.

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