Condors may stand in way of growing wind power industry
The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club filed a federal lawsuit this month against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to stop the proposed 100-turbine North Sky River wind project in Kern County's Tehachapi region. The groups say a neighboring wind farm, Pine Tree, has killed at least eight golden eagles and that condors are at risk, too.
April 22, 2012
by Christopher Stolz
in Ventura County Star
A clash is brewing between the endangered condor and the growing wind energy industry in Southern California, with thousands of megawatts and billions of dollars at stake.
On one side is the California condor, the largest bird in North America, able to soar as high as 12,000 feet and 150 miles a day. Of the 200 condors in the wild today, 59 live in the Hopper Mountain and Bitter Creek national wildlife refuges in Ventura and Kern counties.
On the other side are wind-power turbines already built or on the drawing board in Kern County. As... [continue via Web link]