There's no Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone or Robert De Niro on set, but Enel's millionaire loss to the Indians in the US could inspire another Hollywood film. If only because it was the Osage tribe that triggered the “diplomatic” problems, whose story Martin Scorsese brought to the screen in “Killers of the Flower Moon”. Let's get to the facts. Enel must remove 84 wind turbines from the Osage Indian Nation territory in Oklahoma.
Although this is the first level of judgment, this was established by a federal district court in the US state. The Indian tribe actually took Enel to court for not asking the local authority for permission to use the wind farm. In summary, the Osage are not against wind energy, but rather make it a matter of sovereignty or perhaps pride. If Enel were to begin dismantling the wind farm, it would require an expenditure of almost $260 million. There would also be the equivalent of the likely compensation due to the Osage. The legal dispute was reignited by the Financial Times, highlighting that it was one of the first foreign rulings requiring the removal of an operating green facility.
Enel's answer was not long in coming. A spokesman told the British newspaper that the group “disagrees” with the court's ruling and will therefore appeal. Not only does Enel say it will continue to manage the Oklahoma wind farm site in “good faith” until “a final decision” is made. In any case, the group has no intention of imposing its authority on the Osage Nation, nor does it have any intention of mining minerals. On the contrary: its system supplies 50,000 households in the region with clean energy.