You might remember the controversial project that resulted in an IDFG regional supervisor to lose his job after pointing out the obvious – namely, that energy developments (yes, even ‘blessed’ Wind) on public lands impact wildlife and habitat in southern Idaho. The wind company at issue on China Mountain/Brown’s Bench is RES Americas Inc., and recently it looks as if the only thing “renewable” about RES Americas is the questionable contracts it keeps producing.
They seem to want to keep their contracts secret. For example, they prevented a daughter from blowing the whistle on an RES wind-contract that her mother was asked to sign in South Dakota. Mom asked her daughter to look over the contract because she worked as a lawyer for NV Energy, RES Americas Inc.’s partner on the China Mountain project :
Sannes asked her daughter to look over the lease, and when she did, she “called me and said, ‘This is the worst contract I have ever seen,'” Sannes said in an interview. She said company representatives told her 80 of her Barnes County neighbors had signed it.
It just goes to show, Wind’s got good PR people – but with the same investors and business model as before is it really fair to call them “clean”. It looks as though folk are getting blown over all over the country. Let’s not let our public lands be next.
Regarding Brown’s Bench, check out the Photo Gallery I put together on it after visiting last year and then again just the other week. I’ll be adding context, but this story came up so I thought I’d share the important stuff anyway. Brown’s Bench is a beautiful landscape, one of the best strong-holds of sage-grouse in the state, open space, and a spectacular example of vibrant sagebrush-steppe. All that will change if RES Americas Inc. gets to extend its current business practices in a way that impact our public lands.
Happy Earth Day !