County commissioner faces recall in Kansas wind-farm battle

Anti-turbine farm families fight whopping legal bill from wind-farm  companies |


A battle over a proposed southeast Kansas wind farm has a Labette County commissioner fighting for his job.

His determined opponents may have accomplished the rare feat of getting legal permission and gathering enough signatures to put a recall to a vote.

The technical justification that gives proponents a foot in the recall door is a minor violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.



But the underlying reason was an off-agenda item at a meeting in April, where two of the three commissioners voted to enter final negotiations to allow RWE AG, a multinational wind energy company based in Germany, to place 50 to 70 large wind turbines in the county.

The main ethical concern from Commissioner Brian Kinzie’s constituents is whether he or his family stood to financially benefit from the wi

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