Navy, wind project collide
The Navy has shut down wind projects near the bombing range in the past. The Horn Butte project in Gilliam County, for example, was midway through its permitting process when the Navy, via the Federal Aviation Administration, issued a “no build” order.
McLane said the turbines in the Echo Wind Project somehow flew under the Navy radar because of a change in the federal review process.
September 24, 2011
by Erin Mills
in East Oregonian
The U.S. Navy, concerned about encroaching wind turbines, is ramping up efforts to preserve its airspace above the Boardman Bombing Range.
The Navy discovered too late, thanks to conflicting government siting requirements, that a developer had built a string of turbines in the Echo Wind Project in protected airspace, according to Morrow County Planner Carla McLane. The same developer, Oregon Windfarms LLC, proposed another five turbines in military airspace as part of the Buttercreek Wind Farm project. The Navy caught that plan in time to persuade Buttercreek to plan those turbines another mile south.
“The Navy is not anti-renewable energy,” said Capt.... [continue via Web link]