Gov. Neil Abercrombie has fighting words for Molokai Ranch: Get on board with Big Wind or we’ll seize your land.

Abercrombie said the state is willing to condemn the land needed for a proposed 200-megawatt wind farm on Molokai, Pacific Business News reported on Friday. Donalyn Dela Cruz, the governor’s press secretary, confirmed the governor’s position.

Using eminent domain to take Molokai Ranch lands adds a new wrinkle to the project, which hit a snag last month after Boston-based First Wind failed to hammer out a deal with Molokai Ranch by a March 18 deadline. The state needs an estimated 10,000 acres for the wind farm.

Opponents have criticized using the quiet neighbor islands as power plants for Honolulu, which would receive the electricity via an undersea cable.

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