Wind farm on hold over bald eagle concerns
"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."
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.
February 24, 2012
in United Press International
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.
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