Carbon County WY wind farm gets permit

SARATOGA — Wyoming’s largest electrical utility last week received a state Industrial Siting Council permit for a planned wind farm in Carbon County, but not before the council heard some serious concerns about the impacts of the construction project.

Approval of the Seven Mile Hill wind project, located between Medicine Bow and Hanna, included a late filing by PacifiCorp Energy to expand the project from 66 turbines to 79.

Although no one was opposed to the project during last week’s council hearing, several local officials expressed concern about the adequacy of PacifiCorp’s plans for housing workers, provision of emergency services during construction, and disposal of trash generated by the project. Also of concern were road access to the project and drive times to the site.

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