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Will turbines harm endangered bats?

Opponents to a proposed electricity-generating turbine project in Champaign County questioned Thursday during state hearings whether the wind-turbines would harm an endangered species of bat, but a researcher who studied the issue said the windmills would not. ...UNU attorneys argued the study did not follow specific guidelines for net placement developed by the department of fish and wildlife. A follow-up study by wildlife officials, however, did find evidence of the Indiana bat in the area. Meinke said she had worked closely with officials from the department of fish and wildlife when she conducted the study, which was deemed adequate at the time.

Expert says no; turbine opponents ask for more proof

Opponents to a proposed electricity-generating turbine project in Champaign County questioned Thursday during state hearings whether the wind-turbines would harm an endangered species of bat, but a researcher who studied the issue said the windmills would not.

A specialist discussed the potential effects of a proposed turbine project on bats and birds in Champaign County, Thursday, Nov. 12, during the fourth day of hearings before the Ohio Power Siting Board.

The testimony is being conducted as part of the review process for the Buckeye Wind Project. It also included testimony from an acoustical engineer who commented on the potential noise that could result from the turbines as proposed.

Cara Meinke, a project manager at Stantec consulting, was questioned about a study that was included as part of the application for the project focusing on bats and birds migrating in the county.

Attorneys representing Union Neighbors United, a group opposed to the project, questioned Meikne on the process she used to conduct the study. The study included using special nets to capture and tag the animals. It... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Expert says no; turbine opponents ask for more proof

Opponents to a proposed electricity-generating turbine project in Champaign County questioned Thursday during state hearings whether the wind-turbines would harm an endangered species of bat, but a researcher who studied the issue said the windmills would not.

A specialist discussed the potential effects of a proposed turbine project on bats and birds in Champaign County, Thursday, Nov. 12, during the fourth day of hearings before the Ohio Power Siting Board.

The testimony is being conducted as part of the review process for the Buckeye Wind Project. It also included testimony from an acoustical engineer who commented on the potential noise that could result from the turbines as proposed.

Cara Meinke, a project manager at Stantec consulting, was questioned about a study that was included as part of the application for the project focusing on bats and birds migrating in the county.

Attorneys representing Union Neighbors United, a group opposed to the project, questioned Meikne on the process she used to conduct the study. The study included using special nets to capture and tag the animals. It found no evidence of an endangered Indiana bat in Champaign County, although several other species were discovered in the proposed project area.

UNU attorneys argued the study did not follow specific guidelines for net placement developed by the department of fish and wildlife. A follow-up study by wildlife officials, however, did find evidence of the Indiana bat in the area.

Meinke said she had worked closely with officials from the department of fish and wildlife when she conducted the study, which was deemed adequate at the time.

She noted although endangered bats were found in the area, the project developer, Everpower, may be able to work with wildlife officials to resolve the issue

David Hessler, an acoustical engineer form Hessler Associates Inc. testified that the project will be quiet, although there may be times the sound could annoy some residents.

Everpower is proposing to build up to 70 turbines in Champaign County. The hearings are expected to go into next week.


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NOV 12 2009
http://www.windaction.org/posts/23085-will-turbines-harm-endangered-bats
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