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Big-eared bat halts wind farm plans

Invenergy, a Chicago-based company, said Ozark big-eared bats are to blame. According to environmentalists, there are only about 1,700 living Ozark big-eared bats left.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Plans to build wind farms in Washington County have come to a halt due to the presence of an endangered species of bat living in the project area.

Invenergy, a Chicago-based company, said Ozark big-eared bats are to blame. According to environmentalists, there are only about 1,700 living Ozark big-eared bats left, and they can be killed when their organs and lungs implode due the changes in air compression from the turning of wind turbine blades.

Washington County Planning director Juliet Richey told the Northwest Arkansas Times that Invenergy already had approached several landowners in Washington County about the planned project and had set up two meteorological towers in the area to collect data.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Plans to build wind farms in Washington County have come to a halt due to the presence of an endangered species of bat living in the project area.

Invenergy, a Chicago-based company, said Ozark big-eared bats are to blame. According to environmentalists, there are only about 1,700 living Ozark big-eared bats left, and they can be killed when their organs and lungs implode due the changes in air compression from the turning of wind turbine blades.

Washington County Planning director Juliet Richey told the Northwest Arkansas Times that Invenergy already had approached several landowners in Washington County about the planned project and had set up two meteorological towers in the area to collect data.


Source: http://www.4029tv.com/news/...

OCT 18 2010
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