Wind farm permits survive state supreme court vote

Dec 18, 2012 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld permits issued by the state and Converse County allowing construction of two wind farms in the Laramie Range.

Wasatch Wind of Salt Lake City has planned to construct 62 towers at two locations. The Northern Laramie Range Alliance filed two lawsuits challenging permits issued to the company by the Converse County Board of Commissioners and the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council.

In the first suit, the alliance and the associated Northern Laramie Range Foundation together with White Creek Ranch LLC challenged the Converse County permit. In the second case, the alliance and the foundation challenged the state construction permit.

The ruling, written by Chief Justice Marilyn Kite, states that the Industrial Siting Council correctly considered not only Wasatch's financial resources to build and ultimately decommission the project, but also considered the financial condition of its proposed investor, Edison Mission Energy.

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