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Power line in western ND includes $500,000 to make sure whooping cranes don't run into it

Developers of a new power line in western North Dakota are spending $500,000 to make sure whooping cranes don't run into it. Minnesota Power is building the 22-mile line in Morton and Oliver counties. It's supposed to connect a new 75-megawatt wind farm to the Square Butte electric substation near Center.

BISMARCK- Developers of a new power line in western North Dakota are spending $500,000 to make sure whooping cranes don't run into it.

Minnesota Power is building the 22-mile line in Morton and Oliver counties. It's supposed to connect a new 75-megawatt wind farm to the Square Butte electric substation near Center.

North Dakota Public Service Commission Chairman Kevin Cramer says the project includes small "bird flight diverters" that will be attached to the line. He says they shimmer and flash when the sun hits them to attract birds' attention.

Whooping cranes are an endangered species, and Commissioner Tony Clark says utilities that are setting up power lines within the whoopers' normal migratory path have to take precautions.

BISMARCK - Developers of a new power line in western North Dakota are spending $500,000 to make sure whooping cranes don't run into it.

Minnesota Power is building the 22-mile line in Morton and Oliver counties. It's supposed to connect a new 75-megawatt wind farm to the Square Butte electric substation near Center.

North Dakota Public Service Commission Chairman Kevin Cramer says the project includes small "bird flight diverters" that will be attached to the line. He says they shimmer and flash when the sun hits them to attract birds' attention.

Whooping cranes are an endangered species, and Commissioner Tony Clark says utilities that are setting up power lines within the whoopers' normal migratory path have to take precautions.


Source: http://www.inforum.com/even...

MAR 15 2010
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