EVANSTON — The Uinta County Commissioners signed on to the proposed Lincoln County Solar 1 Project near Cokeville at their meeting last week on Dec. 21.
The commission approved sending a letter to the Department of Environmental Quality, Industrial Siting Division formally requesting Uinta County become a party to the permit proceedings. The action authorized chairman Eric South to send the letter for Uinta County’s concerns and to be a voice at the table.
The project is located on 430 acres near the town of Cokeville, on private land in Lincoln County. No federally managed lands are located within the project area. The 20-month construction schedule is anticipated to commence in March 2022 and be completed in December 2023. According to a report of the Star Valley Independent, the project would include 450 acres (not 430) of ground of private property south of Cokeville. The Independent cited Lincoln County Commissioner Robert King reported on the SVI Weekday Wake-up program (Swift 98.7 FM Star Valley, The Spur 105.3 FM Kemmerer/Diamondville and 106.7/107.5 Star Valley).
As for the Uinta County Commission, it wants to be able to voice concerns it may have with the solar power project and effects they may consider in the future to be good or detrimental.
The commission also approved a resolution to enter the county in the OneWyo Opioid Settlement Memorandum of Agreement, which is part of a nationwide settlement with the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Participants and/or Johnson & Johnson. This proposed plan sets up the distribution of funding out of an overall $26 billion settlement agreement resolving claims against Johnson & Johnson, Amerisource Bergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson related to the national opioid epidemic.
In other action, the commission approved a resolution supporting the Connect Wyoming Broadband Access Grant Application of All West/Wyoming Inc. to construct fiber optic network in Uinta County. Broadband access has become a priority of government to allow remote areas to use the internet and other services of this nature.