Oil isn't the only energy resource in the Bakken. There's plenty of wind, as well. Gurajpal Sangha reports on a plan to harvest some of it.
The Williams County Commission meeting sparked a reaction usually reserved for a banquet.
"Probably a sigh of relief, as brief as it maybe. We have been in front of township, we've been in front of planning and zoning," Brice Barton, Tradewind Energy senior development manager.
The commission voted three to two to approve. The Lindahl Wind Project, designed to harness the wind throughout Lindahl, Tioga and Sauk Valley townships and turn it into electricity. It's projected to cost $250,000.
"Started by the landowners, they had the forethought to create a project they wanted to see come to fruition and we supported that," said Barton.
Two weeks ago, the project was denied by the Williams County Planning and Zoning. But the commission's approval overrides planning and zoning's decision. And all the landowners have already agreed to the wind turbines.
Williams County Commissioner Dan Kalil said: "In that part of the world, it's a very, very busy place. There's a lot of activity up there, this is just adding more activity to what's going on up there already."
A Tioga resident said, "We don't anymore and we've had plenty and we should be thankful to god that we have as much as we have."
"There's a lot to like about this project, but there's a lot of hype about wind towers that maybe warranted or may not be warranted. But, they're not a dependable source of power in a cold climate," said Kalil.
The Lindahl Wind Project now goes onto the next step: obtaining permits from state and federal government.
If approved, the project will be run by Enel Green Power North America Incorporated of Massachusetts.