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Wind farm on hold over bald eagle concerns

February 24, 2012 by  

RED WING, Minn., Feb. 24 (UPI) — Minnesota regulators say they’ve delayed a proposed wind farm since the developer failed to produce an adequate plan to protect bald eagles and other creatures.

The Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to deny the plan, demanding that AWA Goodhue Wind, owned by Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens, provide better research on how many eagles and bats fly through or near the site located in prime hunting and nesting territory.

“I don’t think that the American people are ready to watch Minnesota’s nesting bald eagles be destroyed on behalf of a Texas millionaire,” said Mary Hartman, one of a number of local residents of Red Wing who have been fighting the 48-turbine farm for years.

The commission’s decision highlights an emerging conflict between a demand for clean energy and growing evidence wind farms can kill hundreds of thousands of birds and bats a year.

The Red Wing wind farm has drawn national attention from conservation groups concerned about the impact of such installations.

“This is one of the hottest fights in the nation,” said Kelly Fuller, wind campaign coordinator for the American Bird Conservancy.

“The public cares deeply about bald eagles,” Fuller said. “I’ve never met anyone who thinks it’s a good idea to kill bald eagles. They are special birds.”

Commissioners said they want AWA Goodhue Wind to do survey research on bats and birds and coordinate with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Then, they said, the company could re-apply in about a year.

Spencer Cameron

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  • mac

    “… wind farms can kill hundreds of thousands of birds and bats a year.”

    #1: “Can” means “potential for,” doesn’t mean it will. You can’t lump eagles and bats under one number like that. Bats far outnumber eagles. And what total area was included in that “hundreds of thousands” estimate? Can’t all be in Minnesota.

    #2: The wind farm is NOT to benefit a Texas millionaire, it is to benefit the energy-consuming public. I consider it incidental that the guy who makes the energy possible makes a profit by providing the service.

    But that aside, the PUC needs to elaborate on what was wrong with the research already done.

    • Deerinwater

      Exactly. It there an existing Eagle flight path in the way? Bats employ radar and can capture bugs in flight in the darkest of nights. I don’t see how a 28 ft. blade would disappear from view. But I can understand how the tip leading edge speed might offer them a problem.

  • Waldo

    I knew this was comming, the Greenies fought hard to get wind turbine farms installed throughout the land without any other thought than alternate fuel source but when the outcome of their deeds was realized then OOPPSSS there is always unintended consequences like killing all the birds and bats that so important to our continued existence on this planet so now what?

  • http://liberty Charles F. Neukam

    well the other aspect everyone forgets,the wind may be free, but the turbines or windmill farms cost outrages amount to the the public & the eviromental cost to our flying friends

  • http://aol.com Ed Z

    THE OUTPUT OF THESE TURBINES IS VERY LOW, AND THE WIND DOES NOT BLOW ALL THE TIME. AS A RESULT, OTHER SOURCES OF POWER MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR SUPPLY WHEN WIND IS DOWN. GERMANY, AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF INSTALLING TURBINES, HAS DROPPED THE WHOLE IDEA. MIGHT WE LEARN SOMETHING IF WE REVIEWED GERMANY’S EXPERIENCE???f

  • Mary

    Thank you, Ed. No. We won’t learn because there are too many federal tax subsidies for looters to take advantage of. What the American people do not know is that most of these boondoggles are actually owned by the same banks that looted us in the hedge fund scam. This is their next big theft…. an even bigger sWINDle.

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