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Wind rights sharing rule loses in ND House

BISMARCK (AP) -- A proposal to require income sharing from wind energy projects has been defeated in the North Dakota House.

Property owners who host wind turbines normally get a cut of revenue from power sales, and they get paid for the use of their land.

The House defeated a bill Friday that would have required some money to go to neighboring landowners, if they lost a chance to have wind turbines on their own property.

The bill also required payments to landowners within a half-mile of a wind turbine to compensate for noise and the loss of a scenic view.

Mandan Rep. Todd Porter called the requirements "ridiculous." But Rugby Rep. Jon Nelson says wind development will get better public support if more landowners profit from it.

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