Monday, December 27, 2010

Eagles Put Brakes on Wind Projects

Posted By on Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 10:00 AM

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The drive for alternative power has just run head-long into the effort to conserve wildlife.

An increasing number of wind farm projects are being put on hold while researchers look into the potential that the massive, spinning blades could do some serious damage to wildlife. Topping the list of concerns are birds, which can be struck by the blades and killed. The focus is now on golden eagles, concern for which has held up some major wind farm projects, including some in Idaho.

Because of the issue, and conflicts with laws protecting the eagles, the Bureau of Land Management has suspended issuing permits for wind projects on public land until more research can be done.

Check out the map at msnbc.com to see what projects have been impacted.

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