Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative seeking court opinion on Data Center shutdown order

It’s been six days since the Williams County Commission ordered the power turned off for part of the Atlas Power Data Center west of Williston. Since then, the utility that handles the power to the facility has refused to do so, instead seeking a judge’s opinion on the matter.

Court documents given to Your News Leader indicate Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative wants the Northwest District Court to determine whether Williams County can force a utility to disconnect power, as well as to whom the order should be addressed to.

In the document, Mountrail-Williams claimed that Phase 2 of the Data Center uses equipment that was owned by Atlas Power and connects through Phase 1. Therefore, the utility argues shutting down Phase 2 would also shut down Phase 1.