Umatilla tribes: No wind farms on tribal land

Umatilla tribal leaders are concerned about the noise and wildlife impacts of wind turbines.

Umatilla tribal leaders are concerned about the noise and wildlife impacts of wind turbines.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s Board of Trustees have decided to nix the development of any large wind farms on tribal land.

A report in the East Oregonian cited the preliminary decision, which will be discussed at a tribal general council meeting on Feb. 16, as one that's unlikely to be overturned by further discussion, despite the tribes' goals to become energy independent.

While wind energy developers have long eyed the foothills of the Blue Mountains as a potential site for wind turbines, the tribes' Natural Resources Commission has shied away from making a decisive ruling on whether or not to allow them. The uncertainty prompted the trustees' vote.

Umatilla tribal leaders are concerned about the noise and wildlife impacts of wind turbines, according to the East Oregonian report.


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