Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 12, 2011
Sen. Ron Justice
Republican Rural Caucus Chair pleased with signing of eminent domain
bill to protect landowners
Governor Mary Fallin signed a measure into law Tuesday that will
protect landowners from the threat of eminent domain when companies
are looking for locations to build wind turbines. Sen. Ron Justice,
the author of Senate Bill 124, said the new law is important given
the growing interest and success of the wind industry in the state.
“Oklahoma has an abundance of natural resources which help
provide a tremendous boost to our state’s economy so it’s
important that we protect and utilize those resources. However,
it’s also important to protect the rights of landowners,”
said Justice, R-Chickasha.
SB 124 prohibits the power of eminent domain to be used for the
siting or erection of wind turbines on private property.
“The wind industry is exploding in our state and across the
nation, which is great for our economy but we need to make sure
that we don’t put the interests of the industry above our
state’s landowners,” said Justice, Chair of the Republican
Rural Caucus. “This bill simply clarifies that landowners
have the right to decide whether they want wind turbines on their
property or not.”
The bill was requested by concerned landowners who were approached
by representatives of the wind industry who wanted to put wind turbines
on their land and mentioned the possible use of eminent domain.
Justice is also the Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on
Natural Resources and Regulatory Services.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Justice: (405) 521-5537