[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Former Natrona County planner, wind businessman owes $58,000 to local developer  

Credit:  By TOM MORTON Star-Tribune staff writer, trib.com 11 January 2012 ~~

The former Natrona County planning and development director must pay a local contractor for work done for his wind energy business, according to a recent court order.

Blair Leist and his WindWorks Energy LLC owes Ricor Investments $58,156.70 plus interest for failing to pay invoices for equipment, tools and labor for wind projects sent to him in 2010 and 2011, according to the order issued by Natrona County District Court Judge Catherine Wilking in December.

Leist had promised to pay, but eventually refused to communicate with the company, so Ricor sued on June 14, according to the order.

Ricor, a McMurry-related company, was not able to serve papers on Leist, who did not have an attorney, and the court entered a default judgment against him in September, according to the order.

Mail from the court about the lawsuit sent to his listed residences in Casper and to his residence in Steamboat Springs, Colo., was returned.

Leist declined to comment on the case when reached Wednesday at his Colorado home.

Ricor attorney Ryan Ford said Wednesday the responsibility for recovering the debt rests with the bank involved with the companies.

“They [the bank officials] determine how they want to pursue the judgment order,” said Ford, who works for the Casper firm of Williams, Porter, Day & Neville.

Leist started WindWorks Energy LLC in January 2010, a month after he resigned from the county Planning Department. According to the Wyoming Secretary of State’s business database, WindWorks Energy was declared administratively dissolved on March 12.

Leist had his share of controversies after the county hired him in June 2008 to replace Patsy Horton, who resigned in October 2007.

Leist’s most notable accomplishment as development director was crafting of the “wind energy conversion systems” regulations approved by the county commission in September 2008.

But after the commission granted a conditional use permit for Chevron Global Power Co. in early 2009 to build its 11-turbine wind farm near Evansville, neighbors said the regulations were contradictory. Leist and the county subsequently made changes to the regulations.

Before coming to Natrona County, Leist previously had worked for the Teton County Planning Department and the Archuleta County (Colo.) Planning Department, according to database searches.

Source:  By TOM MORTON Star-Tribune staff writer, trib.com 11 January 2012

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.