Monday, December 06, 2004

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Seeks More Studies on Wisconsin Wind Project's Impact on Birds and Bats

The Janesville Gazette reported last week that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has requested more studies on the impact of Wisconsin's largest wind farm proposal on migratory birds and bats. Both FWS and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sent letters to the state Public Service Commission on the potential environmental impacts of the proposed Forward Wind Energy Center. Both letters allege that studies of wildlife impacts of the 133-turbine project, proposed by Invenergy Wind, LLC , are inadequate. The letter recommends, among other things, pre-construction bird & bat studies, as well as moving some turbines further from a local marsh, and installing smaller turbines.

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