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Don’t Sellout our Night Skies

 

Help stop the Rail Tie Wind Project and encourage clean energy development in the right locations in Wyoming!

Send your Comments to the Albany County Commisioners

On Tuesday, June 1st the Albany County Commissioners will host a public hearing on the application submitted by ConnectGen / Quantum Energy Partners asking to build the Rail Tie wind generation facility on 26,600 acres in Albany County.   

ConnectGen, the Houston based company behind the project claims that the Rail Tie Wind Project “promises to bring jobs and tax revenue to Wyoming’s poorest county at a time when workers and public budgets are suffering”.   However history in Wyoming tells us that most of these jobs go to out of state workers that travel from construction site to construction site.

The latest Draft Environmental Impact Statement for this project indicates moderate to strong impacts on viewscapes in this area which effect Ames Monument, Vedauwoo Recreation Area, and the Highway 287 corridor into Laramie. 

Will you take two minutes to write the Albany County Commission and tell them that you oppose the Rail Tie Wind Project but support planned development of wind and solar in Albany County?

Helpful tips for writing the Albany County Commission:

– Enter your name and address information in the box to the right.

– Enter your message to the county commissioners in the message area.

–  Click the “Submit” button when you’re ready.

Speak up for Wyoming’s natural resource protection

The Rail Tie Project will devastate an area of Albany County that its residents and tourist treasure. 

ConnectGen, the Houston based company behind the project claims that the Rail Tie Wind Project “promises to bring jobs and tax revenue to Wyoming’s poorest county at a time when workers and public budgets are suffering”.   However history in Wyoming tells us that most of these jobs go to out of state workers that travel from construction site to construction site.

They also claim that “wealthy landowners don’t want wind turbines spoiling the view from their backyards”.  This is a claim to alienate people that live in the area from the rest of the Albany County population.  Visit some of these landowners and see their prospective to protect these natural resources first hand.

 

YOUR MESSAGE SHOULD HAVE THESE PARTS

1. Say who you are. Make sure you mention you’re a Wyoming voter (or future voter).

My name is ____ and I’m a Wyoming voter from _______.

2. Say what you want.

I’m writing today to ask you to oppose the Rail Tie Wind Project and but support renewable energy in proper locations of Albany County.

3. Say why you want it.

[This is where you can add a sentence or two about why this is important to you.]

TALKING POINTS

The Rail Tie Wind Project will harm the natural resources of an important part of Albany County and Wyoming for decades.

Protect our natural resources – The project will damage an area that local residents use for recreation.  We also need to protect the animals that inhabit the area including elk herds, pronghorn antelope, eagles and other raptors.  Revenue from this project cannot make up for the devastation to this area.

Jobs – The project will not create many new additional jobs and the workforce to build the plant will come from other states.  The wind industry does not provide high quality blue-collar jobs as they would make you believe.

Clean energy – We all have a responsibility to help turn back climate change. At the same time we must protect our natural resources.  The project is poorly sited and we encourage the county to put together a plan to properly locate wind and solar energy. Wyoming must adapt to the global transition to renewable energy or be left behind.