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Tribe Opposing Proposed NE Oklahoma Wind Farms (Jun 14, 2011)

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) - The Osage Nation is citing economic and environmental concerns in saying it opposes proposed wind farms near the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in northeastern Oklahoma.

Osage Chief John Red Eagle says in a statement posted on the tribe's website that the tribe isn't opposed to alternative energy development. But he says the development of the wind farms could adversely affect future minerals development in the area.

Red Eagle also says the projects would "have an adverse impact upon the overall ecosystem of the Tallgrass Prairie."

Developers from two companies have proposed building the wind farms on large private ranches east of Pawhuska. The area is near the Nature Conservancy's Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.

The Tulsa World first reported on Red Eagle's statement.

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