Bismarck – KX News was at the nearly five hour meeting on December 5th put on by the Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission. The meeting was attended to by over 500 people, with nearly everyone getting to say their piece about the wind farm Proposal.
“These Things Just Don’t Work, So I’m Strongly Opposed To them” said one person at the December 5th meeting.
In the end, the commission voted 5 to 4 to deny PNE’s request for a special use permit.
But it was a lot of the testimony by people against the project that caught the ear of PNE representatives.
In a 7-page letter obtained by KX News, PNE sought to have the meeting continued in the hopes of responding and clarifying statements they say were inaccurate, false and or misleading that could have had a direct impact on the way members of the commission voted.
But in a stunning move, Burleigh County Assistant State’s Attorney Julie Lawyer denied that request by PNE, stating all the actions by the Planning and Zoning Commission that night were conducted appropriately.
Courtney Timmons is PNE’s Director Of Business Development, he was at that meeting and tells me PNE is also surprised by the decision…
Voice Of Courtney Timmons PNME Wind “There was a lot of inaccurate information that was provided, and that the board did not have an opportunity to ask questions, to address some of that information or really have any discussion at all about the application. And so we are very disappointed that the county is not allowing the accurate information to be provided to the board.”
For those against the project, like Andy Buntrock of the No Burleigh Wind campaign, the news is music to his ears.
“The commission is moving in the right direction on this, their listening to the will of the people, they’re listening to the signs, you know those letters to the utility groups, to the US fish and Wildlife, game and fish. the tribe, the FAA, and then all the people who are opposed and their reading those signs to see where this project could or could not go” Said Andy Buntrock with the No Burleigh Wind Campaign.
Now if you’re wondering if this fight is over, it’s not, PNE’s Next step is to speak before the main Burleigh County Commission at their regular meeting on January 7th, PNE says they expect another large turnout from those for and against the project.