21 July 2008

Wind energy projects encounter stiff opposition

Fort Mill Times
A fight over a proposed 450-megawatt wind energy project in eastern Idaho's Wolverine Canyon pits a longtime ranching family against millionaire healthcare products mogul Frank VanderSloot.

Peggy Stolworthy, who is working with Seattle-based Ridgeline Energy on the 150-turbine project, says royalties from the wind turbines will help keep her ranch in business, amid spiraling hay and grain prices.

Meanwhile, VanderSloot, who owns property in the canyon, says he doesn't want to see 490-foot turbines atop the ridgeline here.

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