- Associated Press - Sunday, November 27, 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A Kansas-based wind energy company is considering pursuing a second wind farm in the heart of the western North Dakota oil patch.

The Williston Herald (https://bit.ly/2fUWPqt ) reports the Williams County Planning and Zoning Board recommended approval last week of Trade Wind Energy’s proposal to put up six meteorological towers near the site of Lindahl Wind Farm near Tioga.

Trade Wind Energy senior development director Brice Barton said the site’s proximity to the wind farm makes the company fairly certain that conditions for another nearby facility are satisfactory.

He said the towers take up a small amount of space and can be assembled in less than a day.

“Really the point is to gather the wind data to make sure the wind is there,” Barton said.

The company must now take its request to the Williams County Commission.

“The towers are minimal impact in terms of traffic, you won’t really notice them, but if they proceed to the next level, that’s a whole other series of conversations,” Tate Cymbaluk of the Planning and Zoning Commission said.

It will take a year for the company to collect enough information to determine whether to pursue a second farm.

Officials will need to approve future plans, which will also be subject to public hearings.

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Information from: Williston Herald, https://www.willistonherald.com

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