During the recently completed General Session in Cheyenne, the Wyoming State Legislature chose to extend a moratorium banning private wind farm developers from using eminent domain for another two years. Lawmakers expressed concerns that landowners would not be compensated fairly by wind farm developers acquiring their land to run power lines to the turbines. Representative Mike Madden explains another issue that led to the decision to extend the moratorium.
Madden says that was the deciding factor leading up to the 29-to-29 vote in the House that killed the legislation early in the session.
If nothing gets accomplished by 2013 and the moratorium expires, wind farm developers will once again have the right to eminent domain, which is defined by the forced acquisition of private property for public use and has been used to build railroads, pipelines and other projects deemed necessary for the public good.