The wind must be great in Bingham County, because another company is asking to build wind turbines in the area.
Wednesday night they went before the Bingham County Planning and Zoning Committee, with their 66 wind turbine proposal.
Committee members from the planning and zoning board grilled Western Energy on every aspect on its proposal.
Altogether about 50 people showed up to learn more, and to voice their opinion.
Western Energy is a company out of Firth, Idaho. Their proposal would put 66 wind turbines on the cattle ranch of Ted and Shirley Thompson who live east of Shelley.
The turbines would cover about 5,000 acres of the Thompson’s cattle ranch property, and would be about three miles south of the existing Wolverine Creek Wind Farm.
Planning and zoning committee board members made sure the questions they asked Western Energy were as detailed and thorough as possible. Around 10 p.m. the board decided there would be no decision made tonight, although that is what Western Energy was hoping for.
Before opening the discussion to the public the planning and zoning committee chair said their overall goal is to keep a fair and honest public opinion process. After that the committee proceeded to set very strict guidelines for the rest of the discussion to follow.
The board determined early that no matter what happened during the meeting, they would stop it at midnight, and pick it up again two weeks from now on June 11th. Committee members also decided that in order to speak at the future meeting people will have to fill out a sign up sheet before leaving the Bingham County Courthouse.
The approximate 50 people present at Wednesday night’s meeting were very divided. About half spoke for the Cedar Creek Wind Farm, and the other half spoke against.
By: Megan Boatwright
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