Wind farm firm commits to bird study
Mark Leyland, Baryonyx's senior vice president of offshore wind projects, said he'd be surprised if USACE didn't call for a full-scale EIS, though his company intends to do an EIS-equivalent study no matter what the agency decides. He added that people are right to be concerned about the project's impact.
July 12, 2011
by Steve Clark
in The Brownsville Herald
Some environmentalists are worried that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is set to allow a wind farm off the South Texas coast without demanding scientific studies necessary to ensure the protection of critical bird and wildlife habitats.
Wind farms feature large spinning turbines, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley lies at the convergence of two migratory flyways and boasts a huge shore bird population as well.
Others say it's too early to worry.
Baryonyx Corporation, the Houston-based firm behind the proposal, insists it plans to study the bird situation carefully no matter what.
Baryonyx recently submitted its application to the USACE for... [continue via Web link]