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Fri June 4, 2010
Governor says he will support contested wind farm
By Renny MacKay
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Despite opposition from prominent state citizens, Governor Dave Freudenthal says he will support a proposed wind farm. The company Wasatch Wind has a proposal before the State Land and Investment Board to build a wind farm in central Wyoming.
The group Northern Laramie Range Alliance is opposing construction. Members of the Alliance include Diemer True, the former Republican Party committeeman, and the World Bank's Kenneth Lay, who owns land in Wyoming. Freudenthal says he can't find a legal argument to oppose the wind farm. "We have never not leased something because the neighbors didn't like it," he said. "We have tried to be consistent with local zoning, we've done some wildlife protection when it had to do with the overall health of the trust. So, this is a very interesting test case on whether we are going to writing Profiles in Courage' or if everyone is going to head for the weeds on this one."
The other four members of the State Land and Investment Board have not said publicly how they will vote. The Northern Laramie Range Alliance says the lease is part of an uncoordinated rush to develop electricity that could alter the character of the region. A date for a vote has not been set yet.