Missoula Co. commissioners hold public hearing about cryptocurrency mining


BONNER HAS BEEN
SUBJECT OF CONTROVERSY. AFTER NUMEROUS
COMPLAINTS ABOUT NOISE,
THE MISSOULA COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS HELD A
PUBLIC HEARING TO HEAR
COMMENTS ABOUT A PROPOSED ZONING
REGULATION ON THE PROJECT
SPOKANE DATA CENTER IN
BONNER. THE REGULATION WOULD
HYPOTHETICALLY HALT ALL
EXPANSION OF THE
BUSINESS IN THE AREA
WHILE THE COUNTY
CONDUCTS A SURVEY. AND CONSIDER WHAT TO DO
TO REDUCE NOISE. AT 2PM
TODAY THE MISSOULA
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
HELD A PUBLIC HEARING
WITH COMMENTS. MANY DIFFERENT COMMUNITY
MEMBERS SPOKE,
EXPRESSING THEIR
OPINIONS ABOUT THE
MASSIVE SERVER FARM. MANY BONNER RESIDENTS
EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER
THE NOISE AND HOW IT
AFFECTS SLEEPING,
PROPERTY VALUES AND THE
HEALTH OF THEIR CHILDREN. HOWEVER, SEVERAL CEOS
OF SOFTWARE AND DATA
DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES
SPOKE IN FAVOR OF PROJECT
SPOKANE, SAYING IT
PAVES THE WAY FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY IN MONTANA. BRIAN FADIE – CLEAN
ENERGY PROGRAM
DIRECTOR MONTANA
ENVIRONMENTAL
INFORMATION
CENTER: “REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE BIT
QUEEN COMPANY PAYS
FOR THE INITIAL ELECTRIC
INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES
THE, ALL CUSTOMERS WILL BE
PAYING FOR THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE COSTS
FOR THAT INFRASTRUCTURE
GOING FORWARD.”
JAYMIE BOWDICH –
PROJECT SPOKANE
LLC LEGAL COUNSEL: “I THINK WHAT WE HAVE
TO REMEMBER HERE IS THAT
INTERIM ZONING IS KIND OF
A READY, FIRE, AM
PROCESS. I MEAN, WHAT
HAPPENS IN INTERIM ZONING IS YOU COME IN,
YOU STOP SOMETHING AND
THEN YOU LOOK IN TO IT.”
CAITLIN
THOMPSON/BONNER
RESIDENT: “I WORRY ABOUT OUR PROPERTY
VALUES, AND WONDER
WHAT IT’S GOING TO DO
BECAUSE I WON’T LIVE WIT
THAT SOUND AND AT THE
SAME TIME I’M AFRAID WE WON’T BE ABLE TO SELL OUR
HOME.”
NO DECISIONS WERE
MADE AND THE
COMMISSION SAID TH THEY APPRECIATED THE
TURNOUT AND WOULD DO
MORE RESEARCH SO AS TO
MAKE AN INFORMED
DECISION. THE NEXT DATE
FOR A PUBLIC COMMENTS WAS SET TO AUGUST 9TH.

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