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Mon Jul 15, 2019, 05:46 AM

Lawsuit says 2 Cherry County Board members have conflicts of interest in wind farm fight

A battle over wind energy development in Nebraska’s Sand Hills will head to court this week as an advocacy group attempts to stop a controversial project in Cherry County.

A lawsuit filed earlier this month claims two Cherry County Board members stand to financially gain from approval of a 19-turbine wind farm planned west of Kilgore because of familial connections to the project — a project they’re scheduled to vote on this week.

The filing, which will go before a judge in Holt County on Monday, seeks to prohibit board members Martin DeNaeyer and Tanya Storer from “hearing, discussing, considering, influencing or voting” on the project.

At a public hearing Tuesday, the three-member County Board is scheduled to vote on a conditional use permit application by developer BSH Kilgore.

Read more: https://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/lawsuit-says-cherry-county-board-members-have-conflicts-of-interest/article_e6aec88f-bde6-5c7c-8a63-5b922ac2c86c.html

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