OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill clarifying confusing language regarding the protection of military airspace and training routes was signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday.

House Bill 2118 was authored by Rep. Charles Ortega (R-Altus), who said the legislation is the continuation of efforts to protect military airspace after legislation passed during the 2018 session left unaddressed clear enforcement authority after its implementation.

HB 2118 clears up any ambiguity by clarifying that wind companies must receive full clearance from the U.S. Dept. of Defense and Federal Aviation Administration prior to beginning construction.

According to Ortega, unclear language in the 2018 bill resulted in a wind company constructing turbines in military airspace without proper clearance from the Dept. of Defense and FAA.

“Oklahoma has an abundance of airspace available that is used by the Department of Defense during lower-level military training,” Ortega said.

 

 

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