We read Steve Weber’s op-ed piece on wind farms with interest. Although we live in Casper we own farms in Illinois that have wind turbines on them. Our experience has been very positive. Blackstone Wind Farm II LLC out of Houston, TX, a subsidiary of a Spanish company, was very open and upfront throughout the negotiation process, extremely generous with compaction remuneration, and have been very cognizant of our crops and property. This wind farm has been very advantageous to the surrounding communities, upgraded roads, money for schools and very good employment. In the beginning, there were some birds killed but the company adjusted the lights on the towers and solved the problem. Now the farmers rarely find any birds damaged or killed by the turbines.
Personally, we prefer wind turbines to well jacks, any day. They don’t smell! We’d like to see Wyoming wind harnessed for electricity. But, hopefully, it will be harnessed by responsible companies and our environment will be respected. As long as humans want power we have to face trade-offs. It’s up to us to make sure our legislature gives us good statutes to protect Wyoming and not skewed toward the energy companies. Are they capable of that?