Obama Blocks Wind Farm Construction By China Company

Sep 28, 2012

President Obama has blocked a Chinese company from building wind farms in northeastern Oregon. the president cited national security concerns at a nearby Navy facility.

The Chinese-owned Ralls Corporation will now have to stop construction of four wind projects near Boardman, Ore. The wind farms are located near restricted air space where the navy tests new weapons in the Oregon desert.

In a written statement, a spokesman for the corporation says President Obama’s order is unjustified and will cost jobs in the area.

The Ralls Corporation has a subsidiary business in China that manufactures wind turbines.

The Oregon Department of Energy did not have a record of the Ralls Corporation or its proposed wind farms. Smaller wind projects fall under county jurisdiction. Morrow County was unable to produce records on Friday.

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