Panel reaffirms support of wind farm near Gorge
The intense scrutiny and interest surrounding Whistling Ridge set a new bar for the EFSEC process, said council manager Al Wright. The application piled up many thousands of pages of record as well-represented players watched closely and weighed in every step of the way. It took longer than any other EFSEC process.
December 28, 2011
by Eric Florip
in The Columbian
Fate of project now in hands of Gov. Gregoire
The state's Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council this week reaffirmed its approval of a controversial - but pared-down - wind farm near the Columbia River Gorge in Skamania County.
In October, the council recommended approving the proposed Whistling Ridge Energy Project, but also scaling it back from 50 wind turbines to 35, largely to protect views in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The project developer, supporters and opponents all objected, for very different reasons. But the council on Tuesday denied their petitions for reconsideration and stood by its original decision.
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