Impact on Wildlife or New Hampshire
Researched and written by Eleanor Tillinghast of Green Berkshires Inc. this is a comprehensive study of the probable impact of industrial wind plants on the rural character, quality-of-life and economy of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. Specific issues addressed include visual aesthetics, tourism, property values, public roads and public safety.
So, before we proclaim victory against our profligate use of fossil fuels in the last 50 years, politicians and environmental groups might ponder the huge costs in dollars and environmental damage before 20-storey windmills festoon our coastlines, our sea lanes and our beautiful Quebec hills.
Jon Boone addresses wind power for the Mid-Atlantic region.
This study focused on nocturnal migration
patterns and flight behaviors during the peak
periods of passerine and bat migration during fall
2005 at the proposed Highland New Wind
Development in Highland Count. Virginia. The key
results of our study were: (I) the mean overall fall
passage rate was 385 targetsikmh; (2)mean
nightly passage rates ranged from 9 to 2,762
targetshh, (3) the percentage of targets passing
below 125 m agl was 11.5%; (4) the estimated
turbine passage rate of nocturnal migrants passing
within the airspace occupied by each proposed
turbine was 3.4-24.7 migrantslturbineid during the
fall study period; (5) fall migrants flying at or
below maximal turbine height consisted of 88%
birds and 12% bats; and (6) passage rates, flight
altitudes, and visual observation rates of birds and
bats did not differ between the two survey sites
within the project area.
This Action Statement has been prepared under section 19 of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 under delegation from Chtoe Munro, Secretary, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, June 2001
...additional radar studies would be required to see if spring migration patterns are different than those measured in the fall. Typically spring migration is shorter than fall migration with fewer numbers in the shorter period of time. How this will affect the numbers of birds passing through the rotor swept volume is unknown. It is important to determine the seasonal timing, altitude and numbers of migrant birds passing over the proposed project site and the effects of weather upon their passage over a greater part of the whole year. In addition, it is possible to determine some of the bird and bat species passing through the project site by accoustical sensors to determine which species, that make vocal calls, are migrating through the site.
These comments prepared by Appalachian Mountain Club were submitted to the NH Site Evaluation Committee in reference to the committee's review of the proposed Groton Wind LLC wind energy facility to be located in Groton, New Hampshire. Groton Wind LLC is wholly owned by Iberdrola Renewables. The project will consist of twenty-four 2.0 megawatts turbines.
The Animal Welfare Institute, Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy and David G. Cowan have filed a law suit against Beech Ridge Energy LLC and Invenergy Wind LLC under the federal Endangered Species Act ("ESA"). This filing seeks preliminary injunction to halt further construction, turbine erection, and operation of the Beech Ridge industrial wind power project. The plaintiffs argue that the project, if constructed, will result in the "likely killing, injury, and other forms of "take" of endangered Indiana bats in violation of the ESA." The wind project is proposed to be located on ridgelines in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.