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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


May 27, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Planning commission to review wind energy regulations

The Albany County Planning and Zoning Commission plans to review the county’s wind energy regulations in its upcoming June 10 meeting. The decision came amid the outpouring of opposition from numerous county residents who oppose the Rail Tie Wind Project, a wind energy facility south of Laramie. In February, after the wind project became more widely known, the project’s detractors appeared before the planning commission to encourage the commission to put a moratorium on wind energy development. The moratorium was . . . Complete story »


May 7, 2020 • Iowa, South Dakota, U.S., WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Not so green energy: Hundreds of non-recyclable fiberglass wind turbine blades are pictured piling up in landfill

Incredible photos have revealed the final resting place of massive wind turbine blades that cannot be recycled, and are instead heaped up in piles in landfills. The municipal landfill in Casper, Wyoming, is the repository of at least 870 discarded blades, and one of the few locations in the country that accepts the massive fiberglass objects. Built to withstand hurricane winds, the turbine blades cannot easily be crushed or recycled. About 8,000 of the blades are decommissioned in the U.S. . . . Complete story »


May 5, 2020 • Opinions, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Preserving the Western character of Albany County

When people hear we live in Wyoming, some of the first comments they make are about Yellowstone or Jackson Hole. Understandable, considering the national reputation these particular locations have for the sheer beauty, wildlife, and the fact that they are highly desirable tourist locations. Then we proudly say we chose to live on the other side of the state, near Laramie and the University of Wyoming. It only takes a few pictures from your phone or a couple stories and . . . Complete story »


April 16, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Quarantine or shut it down?

As Wyoming continues to try and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) through the public health orders issued by Governor Mark Gordon, the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) is concerned about possible blind spots in those orders. During the April 7 meeting of the BOCCC, Kandiz Fritz, Road and Bridge Interim Manager, informed the commissioners that contractors are beginning to arrive in Hanna and Medicine Bow for work on slated wind energy projects. “I’m reaching out to . . . Complete story »


April 14, 2020 • Opinions, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

What’s the future of Albany County? You decide.

If you live near any agricultural land, you too could have an Industrial Wind Project within .25 miles of your residential dwelling (or State Parks and wildlife refuges) or .5 miles from your plated subdivision. With wind turbines soaring up to 675’ (only 192’ shorter than the Devil’s Tower!) this outdated setback distance does not protect residents from the negative health and safety issues proven to be associated with the introduction of large industrial wind turbines. These negative impacts include: . . . Complete story »


April 9, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

County leaders question influx of contract workers amid coronavirus

RAWLINS – As scores of contract workers flock to Carbon County to help build several major energy projects, questions have emerged over whether the influx is a good idea amid the spread of COVID-19. “There’s an overrun of employees right now coming in to do wind energy projects, power lines…,” Carbon County Commission Chairman John Johnson said during a Tuesday meeting. He was speaking to local public health nurse manager Amanda Brown. “Do you have concerns with that many people . . . Complete story »


March 28, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

County’s wind energy, uranium projects pushing forward into 2020

CARBON COUNTY – With several power transmission and wind farm projects in the works, Carbon County is closing the wind energy gap between Wyoming and neighboring states, a county commissioner said. “We were lagging behind because of our transmission corridor,” said John Johnson, a member of the Carbon County Board of County Commissioners. “There just wasn’t a way to get (generated energy) out. But now, with Gateway West, it seems like the wind energy companies are pushing hard to get . . . Complete story »


March 15, 2020 • Letters, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Landowner’s position on wind turbines dismissive of consequences

I write in response to Mr. Woodard’s recent op-ed, nominally about a landowner’s perspective on the Rail Tie Wind Project. The piece was actually more about a landowner who expects a windfall in the form of turbine royalties, who views his neighboring landowners as the main impediment to money he believes he deserves, and who relentlessly belittles what his neighbors have to say. We need a reset. First, Mr. Woodard has no right to change the use of his property . . . Complete story »


March 14, 2020 • Opinions, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Take a step back from wind energy development in Albany County

I read Lynn Woodard’s guest op-ed in last week’s Boomerang, in which he argues against scrutiny of the proposed wind project near Tie Siding. In fact his piece shows why a moratorium is essential. Let’s recap: Woodard is married to a person who got a big ranch for free, by inheriting it from her parents, who got it for free by inheriting from theirs, and so on. Yet despite the zero upfront cost, the generous acreage and the minimal property . . . Complete story »


March 12, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Planning commission takes no action on wind moratorium

The Albany County Planning and Zoning Commission chose to take no action on passing a wind energy development moratorium at its Wednesday afternoon meeting. The discussion came after a February 12 meeting in which many Albany County residents showed up to encourage the planning commission to pass a moratorium on wind energy development. The moratorium was proposed in order to allow the commission time to examine the county’s wind energy development regulations and make changes to modernize them. The existing . . . Complete story »


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