Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Tuesday signed legislation intended to protect low-level military training routes throughout Oklahoma from potential encroachment from wind farms by ensuring developers and base officials talk early in the planning process and submit projects to DOD’s Military Aviation and Installation Assurance Siting Clearinghouse. The measure, Senate Bill 1576, includes minor changes to a bill cleared earlier this year and now stands as the official legislation designed to protect Oklahoma’s military airspace from potential encroachment from wind farms.
Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission Chairman Mike Cooper, who attended the bill signing ceremony, explained the measure’s significance to the state’s congressional delegation during an April visit to Washington, reported the Enid News & Eagle. “We are one of the first states to have effective airspace protection legislation, to make sure we don’t negatively impact military airspaces, approaches and drop zones,” Cooper said. “I can’t tell you how appreciative they are, because they need this done in a lot of places where they fly and train, and they’ll be holding up Oklahoma as the model for how to get that done.”