Feds decide Goodhue County wind project's eagle toll is OK

  • Article by: JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 17, 2013 - 6:53 AM

The ruling allows the disputed energy farm to pursue permit.

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shiloh50Jan. 17, 13 4:03 AM

The government works decades to bring the eagle population up and then they do this. Not a big fan of wind energy right now and I hope this project doesn't go through. Put it somewhere else. We give up to much for the sake of progress sometimes.

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wardnjuneJan. 17, 13 5:50 AM

Assuming there's a clutch in the nest, one dead eagle quickly becomes three or four. Anyone who thought it would be a good idea to put a wind farm anywhere near the river valley shouldn't be allowed to live here.

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karendavid816Jan. 17, 13 6:01 AM

So where are all the environmental activists on this one? Back in Minneapolis on their various electronic devices I suppose. We have the hope and change federal government saying a few eagles kills are just fine (kind of like drone strikes), but it galls me that they are doing this in order to allow this company to get huge taxpayer subsidies for producing wind electricity just a few miles from an existing non-polluting nuclear power plant at Prairie Island. So what is the overriding public need here?

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fooledmeonceJan. 17, 13 6:41 AM

no true scientific fact at work here

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godiveJan. 17, 13 7:01 AM

So if they end up killing 100 per year will they tear them down?

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bigbadbeanJan. 17, 13 7:04 AM

Previously on these boards when claims were made that wind mills killed birds we were called liars. Really? What say you now?

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EleanoreJan. 17, 13 7:14 AM

It would be nice to see the people of MN and Goodhue Co. Ban this project on their own. Foolish to try and come in and crap all over the place just because you want to take advantage of a public subsidy. Maybe that's the thing to cut.

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mlapnorJan. 17, 13 7:24 AM

How many eagles (and other wildlife) are killed from the effects of burning coal?

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ranger78Jan. 17, 13 7:48 AM

Talk about hypocritical. The EPA has stopped smaller projects to save insects. The EPA has stopped farmers from doing business for the sake of little critters. The gov't went after that family that had an old sculpture with a stuffed eagle because it was illegal to have such artifacts. But for this precious wind project, it's ok to kill eagles (and if it kills eagles, it most certainly kills other birds). Hypocrites, one and all.

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acctsah2Jan. 17, 13 7:53 AM

So developers are denied permits to build because there MAY be some sort of rare species in the area, but this is okay when it is known that it will kill eagles. No hypocrisy here, just move on people.

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