Lanai seller to keep rights to build wind farm

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Associated Press

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 21 at 8:00 AM

HONOLULU (AP) — The billionaire selling 98 percent of the Hawaiian island of Lanai to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison says he plans to keep rights to complete a wind farm project that has caused controversy among the island's 3,200 residents.

Castle & Cooke owner David Murdock said Wednesday afternoon that he'll keep his residence on Lanai and the rights to the farm as part of the deal.

Murdock has clashed with some residents over the project. It would place windmills on as many as 20 square miles of the island and deliver power to Oahu through an undersea cable.

Those opposed to the project think it'll ruin pristine views of the Pacific Ocean and other Hawaiian islands.

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