Nebraska county of 625 housed nearly 100 deep underground nuclear missiles, so the US Air Force halted a green energy project that would have revitalized its economy
There are hundreds of nuclear missiles underground across Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana.
The US Air Force says wind turbines cannot be built within a two-mile radius of these missiles.
Because of the underground rockets, the wind turbine project in Banner County, Nebraska, was limited in scope.
In Banner County, Nebraska, the remains of the American Cold War are buried just below the surface.
During the 1960s, when the United States was stuck in a nuclear stalemate with the then-Soviet Union, it began planting hundreds of nuclear missiles across rural swathes of the country like Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana in case they needed a shot. them in the enemy camp at a certain moment.
Now, these missiles prevent the region from harnessing its most important resource: strong, gale-force winds.
Flat Water Free Press, an independent news outlet in Nebraska, reported last week that in 2019, the U.S. Air Force began thwarting a wind turbine project in Banner County in the state’s southwest.
The Flatwater Free Press reports that two renewable energy companies, Invenergy and Orion Renewable Energy Group, have chosen Banner for its “world-class wind.” They were willing to build 300 turbines across the area.
Each turbine would have brought an additional annual income of $15,000 to the owner of the land on which his property would be built. The capital would have flowed from the turbines into the Banner school system and revitalized the county of 625 people.
But the Air Force emphasized that the turbines would pose a “significant safety risk” to pilots – especially during storms or snowstorms. The Air Force decided that the turbines should be built 2.3 miles from each other to ensure that pilots had enough space to land without potentially digging their wheels into a missile. Until then, a quarter of a mile between each turbine was sufficient.
“The new guidelines, which were explained to residents earlier this spring, have significantly reduced the number of potential turbines that could be built.”
Banner residents were frustrated and disappointed with the new Air Force guidelines. “This resource is in place and ready to use,” said one Banner landowner. “How do we get away from that? “
Read the full story by The Flat Water Free Press here.
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