A potential wind farm has counties divided.
Tonight people in Burleigh and Emmons County spoke about the pros and cons that come with having wind energy on their land.
Ben Smith was at a meeting tonight where about 100 people came out to hear about the project, he has the story.
The small, one bedroom school house wasn’t big enough to hold all the people who came out to hear about what would be the biggest project their area’s seen in a long time.
“It’s destroying rural America,” says Durant Schiermeister, Emmons County Landowner
Schiermeister is not happy with the idea that when he walks out of his front door, wind towers will dot the skyline.
“Well this wind farm is going to destroy our landscape, the wildlife habitat, endangered species, the landscape not only that the real estate value, who’s going to want to come here and look at a horizon of towers, flopping blades on the horizon,”
He wonders why more wind when another energy source is not being fully used.
“We’re flaring natural gas, don’t know what to do with the natural gas. But yet, we have wind towers are heavily subsidized but not feasible,”
The company behind the project is Chicago-based PNE wind.
If built, It would add 200 Megawatts to the grid.
Something Lois Mills says is needed.
“I’m not opposed to coal mining, I’m not opposed to any of that, I just think with how much we take out of the earths core, how does it replenish itself that fast. the wind is just their, to me it’s a no brainer,” says Lois Mills, landowner near proposed farm,” says Lois Mills, landowner near Moffit
As for the impact wind turbines have on wildlife, she that doesn’t even compare to things already on the land.
“There is more deer hit on the highway, than what’s going to affect from the wind, than the towers. They’re not going to hurt the deer, they’re going to be there,” says Mills
She says this idea is nothing new.
She said the first time a company proposed a wind farm for the area was nearly a decade ago.
A spokesperson for the project says they hope to present this to the Public Service Commission by the fall.
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