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  •  Eagles stop MN Wind Farm (8+ / 0-)

    StarTribune: Minnesota regulators have pulled the plug on a Goodhue County wind farm proposal

    The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission pulled the plug on a controversial wind energy project that was stalled for years by a fierce and well-organized local opposition that successfully used its potential impact on eagles to help derail it.

    Concerns about the eagles and other wildlife emerged late in the development process, well after the PUC had given the company legal authority and a permit to build. But it’s an example of how concerns about wildlife and other environmental issues have become a concern nationally. Once largely ignored, the impact on birds and bats, which die by the thousands when they run into turbine blades, has now become a focus for both the industry and conservation groups nationally.

    This project was notable because the citizens who opposed it documented the presence of eagles and other birds and nests within the project’s footprint and brought it to the attention of state and federal wildlife agencies, said Kelly Fuller, wind campaign coordinator for the American Bird Conservancy, a national wildlife advocacy group. As a result, the PUC sent the company “back to the drawing board” to develop a plan to protect the wildlife, a yearlong delay that proved detrimental.

    •  Birds will be affected (1+ / 0-)
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      Magnifico

      But, they won't be killed off.

      Seems like a short-sighted pushback, possibly hiding behind wildlife to not reveal their actual issues with the wind farm project.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 11:50:43 PM PDT

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