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,.'77". L II, By Richard Volesky sion earlier this year. commercial building, which in this Editor/Reporter The Charlie Creek Wind Farm case involves the Petro-Hunt Gas MEDORA - A special meeting for would be located near U.S. Highway Plant. The county ordinance requires a wind farm that is proposed for 85 in townships 143-98, 143-99, a setback of 2,640 feet. Petro-Huntis Billings County has been set for 9 144-98, and 144-99, beginning ap- in agreement that the turbine can be a.m., Nov. 15, at the Billings County proximately three miles north of built 2,000 feet away, said Stacey Courthouse. South Fairfield and extending to the Swanson, county tax and zoning di- Orion Renewable Energy Group county line one mile south of N.D. rector. L.L.C. of Oakland, Calif., wants to Highway 200. The project would One of the proposed wind tur- build the Charlie Creek Wind Farm span about 28,667 acres and involve bines would be about 2,340 feet from in northeastern Billings County. It 92 parcels of land. The individual 1608 128th Ave. SW, which is the would include up to 114 turbines, parcels were listed in the Sept. 8 and Qwain Malkowski residence. The or- plus a small number of turbines may Sept. 15 editions of the Billings dinance requires a 1/2 mile setback. be in McKenzie County. County Pioneer. Malkowski has signed off on ap- The county's Planning and Zon- The project will also include a proval of the closer setback. ing Commission held a hearing re- 230 kilovolt above-ground transmis- The third variance is to increase garding the company's application sion line, underground electrical col- the time period for the project to be on Sept. 22 in Fairfield, where about lection system, underground pending from one year to 2 1/2 years. 65 people attended. The zoning com- communication cables, access roads, With the project also needing to go mission chairman asked for a motion substation, up to three meteorologi- before the state's Public Service to approve the project twice, but no cal data towers, and an operations Commission, the company deter- motion was made. The meeting and maintenance building. Tempo- mined that it would need to increase ended without a decision, and so rary uses and structures include lay the time period involved. Orion's application is to be reviewed down and storage areas, turn out The fourth variance request re- by the County Commission without areas off of public roads, a concrete lates to the county's hillside and a recommendation, batch plant, crane paths, and tempo- ridgeline requirements for all aspects No discussion about the applica- rary meteorological towers. Maps of the project except for an opera- tion was planned for the County showing the project area can be tions and maintenancebuilding.The iCommission's regular monthly meet- viewed at the Billings County Court- variance would be needed because of ling on Nov. 1. Commissioners earlier house, the height of the turbines. Up to five opted to call a special meeting. On Nov. 15, the County Corn- different turbine heights may be in- ' _ "It was moved due to the com- mission will also consider five vari- volved, ranging from 443 feet to 500 mission wanting to treat it as they ances that have been requested by feet. .treated the refinery, with its own pub- Charlie Creek Wind Farm. Variances The fifth variance asks the county ',lic hearing," said Marcia Lamb, are needed when some aspects of a to allow the ground clearance for the ,county auditor/treasurer. Lamb was project wouldn't conform with the tips of wind turbine blades to be re- -referring to the zoning change appli- county's zoning ordinance, duced by three feet. The required i cation for the proposed Davis Refin- One variance involves allowing ground clearance is 75 feet, while the ,ery between Fryburg and Belfield one of the turbines to be built about company is asking for 72 feet. that was before the County Commis- 2,000 feet away from an occupied 2016 GVN/BCP By Jack Dura McKenzie County Farmer Staff Writer WATFORD CITY North Dakota may have a second water- fall. In the shade of junipers and an eroding dirt cliff, a noisy rush of water splashes two feet over a sandstone ledge into a small pool carved from soft rock in Theodore Roosevelt National Park's North Unit wilderness. Just south of two unnamed creeks' confluence colored brown by iron compounds, the heightened splash could be on the low end of what constitutes a waterfall, de- pending on the intermittence of the stream, said State Geologist Ed Murphy. While neighboring states Mon- tana and Minnesota have more than a handful of waterfalls, North Dakota's dearth of falls (just one, in the Sheyenne State Forest along a mineral springs) is related to the state's rock, he said. "Most of that rock you can dig with a shovel or a pick and so streams and rivers are able to erode down to them and establish a base- line without a problem," Murphy said. The intermittence of the stream the waterfall lies along is a major factor in classifying the splash as a waterfall, he added, and the fact the sandstone ledge hasn't eroded away is a sign the stream doesn't flow year-round. Ranger Antoine Helou said re- cent rainfall could explain the water tumbling over the ledge, moving along a stream that likely stands still most of the time. "For it to be intermittent, it would depend on recent precipita- in II What could be classified as a waterfall splashes over a sand- stone ledge on a creek in the wilderness area of Theodore Roo- sevelt National Park's North Unit, (Farmer Photo by Jack Dura) tion and (if it) dries up to a trickle sons, and if it's around the same or may be totally dry after a few height as the other waterfall in days," Murphy said. North Dakota, you may be able to The geologist added the creek get away with calling it one." likely hasn't had time to erode Online dictionaries generally away the sandstone ledge, outline a waterfall as a flow or fall "The more flow you have going of water over a precipice, but the through there and the more time it World Waterfall Database requires has to flow, eventually it would a minimum drop of 50 vertical feet erode through there," he said.for an intermittent stream. The Murphy said he's not sure if the WWD's general outline of a water- splash down from the sandstonefall is "a well defined change in would meet the definition of a wa- slope, velocity, aeration or agita- terfall in just dropping vertically, tion of the water within a stream but "it's certainly on the low end" over an immediately abrupt dis- of a waterfall's description, tance, where an identifiable loss in North Dakota State University elevation may be perceived due to geology and physics student non-conformity of the underlying Gabriel Ferragut said the falls' re- geologic structures." lief is angular and blocky, adding, "I would say if you can show that (This story and related photo water continually flows over that were reprinted with permission of throughout at least the warmer sea- the McKenzie County Farmer.) 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