Gulf turbine plan sparks wildlife debate
"Construction of the proposed North Rio Grande and Rio Grande offshore wind energy development sites in South Texas would result in a nearly contiguous string of wind energy developments within a 35-mile wide corridor from San Patricio County southward to Cameron County," wrote Ross Melinchuk, deputy executive director of natural resources at TPWD.
July 29, 2012
by Colin McDonald
in San Antonio Express-News
The 300 offshore wind turbines proposed for the Gulf of Mexico near South Padre Island would rival the Tower of the Americas in height, with 280-foot blades longer than the wingspan of a Boeing 747.
They would be almost twice the size of any turbine currently in the United States. The electricity produced could meet the demand of millions.
But the towers, blades and transmission lines could also mar an iconic Texas landscape, restrict fishing and impair endangered species, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
They would also stand in the middle of one of... [continue via Web link]