The dozens of new wind turbines lining the landscape north of White Lake are highly visible signs of economic and energy development.
But construction of the 101-turbine PrairieWinds project and seven-turbine South Dakota Wind Partners project also has left an indelible footprint on the county’s designated haul roads, created dust control problems and caused property damage in the past three months, according to some local residents.
Pete and Judy Licht live along 241st Street — one of the main haul roads used for the project by Wanzek Construction, based in Fargo, N.D.
PLANKINTON — Bismarck, N.D.-based Basin Electric has one area county left from which to obtain a conditional or special-use permit for its PrairieWinds project north of White Lake.
The Aurora County Board of Adjustments will have a public hearing at 8 p.m. Tuesday on a conditional-use permit to build about 53 wind turbines on portions of 17 sections in Patten Township owned by 28 landowners. The meeting will be at the county courthouse in Plankinton.
PLANKINTON — It will be more than a year before Basin Electric Power decides which of two Mitchell area locations will be home to a 101-turbine wind farm, but Ron Gillen is feeling good about the White Lake area’s chances.
“There are some things out there that lead me to believe that this is going to be the one,” Gillen said. “We’re pretty optimistic.”
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