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Southern WV wind farm seeks permit to kill bats

Beech Ridge Energy is looking for a 25-year permit that would essentially get them off the hook for all the endangered bats that get killed flying into its turbine blades. The project currently has almost 70 turbines in action and has plans to put 30 more in the area.

GREENBRIER COUNTY - A wind farm in Greenbrier and Nicholas counties is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a permit to prevent them from being fined for killing endangered bats.

Beech Ridge Energy is looking for a 25-year permit that would essentially get them off the hook for all the endangered bats that get killed flying into its turbine blades.

The project currently has almost 70 turbines in action and has plans to put 30 more in the area.

The animal of concern here is the Virginia big-eared bat and the Indiana bat which are both on the endangered species list.

Jarrod Fleshman said, "I'm an advocate for animals so I'm definitely going to be on the side of the bats on this one."

Paul Yates said, "I'm not worried about the bats myself, they can be a nuisance."

Joshua Howard said, "I think in our society today we're advancing too much, killing out our animals and endangered species and I think it's really important that we preserve that for our children."

Richard McMillion said, "I think the wind mills are pretty myself, a whole lot better than the bats, and we get use out of them too."

Fleshman said, "I don't think they should be given any permits to... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

GREENBRIER COUNTY - A wind farm in Greenbrier and Nicholas counties is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a permit to prevent them from being fined for killing endangered bats.

Beech Ridge Energy is looking for a 25-year permit that would essentially get them off the hook for all the endangered bats that get killed flying into its turbine blades.

The project currently has almost 70 turbines in action and has plans to put 30 more in the area.

The animal of concern here is the Virginia big-eared bat and the Indiana bat which are both on the endangered species list.

Jarrod Fleshman said, "I'm an advocate for animals so I'm definitely going to be on the side of the bats on this one."

Paul Yates said, "I'm not worried about the bats myself, they can be a nuisance."

Joshua Howard said, "I think in our society today we're advancing too much, killing out our animals and endangered species and I think it's really important that we preserve that for our children."

Richard McMillion said, "I think the wind mills are pretty myself, a whole lot better than the bats, and we get use out of them too."

Fleshman said, "I don't think they should be given any permits to further them because frankly anywhere locally we are not benefiting from the energy so I'm against them."

McMillion said, "They aren't hurting anything... let them kill them."

Beech Ridge Energy is taking comments from the public on the issue through the end of October.

The permit would allow the bats to be killed but the company does have to prove that it's taking preventable measures to avoid harming them.

This type of permit application is only the third of its kind in the nation.
The company was sued over the issue in 2009 and applying for the permit is part of the settlement in the case.


Source: http://www.wvnstv.com/story...

AUG 24 2012
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