ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State regulators will consider whether a plan to protect birds and bats from a wind farm in Goodhue County is adequate.

The plan before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Thursday is the final state-mandated step for the $180 million wind project that’s been under consideration since 2009.

Goodhue Wind wants to build about 50 turbines north of Zumbrota in southeast Minnesota. Opponents say the company’s plan to protect eagles and bats isn’t sufficient.

The company says it will apply for a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would allow it to kill a certain number of eagles before the company would face penalties — likely one bald eagle every two to three years.

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Comments (11)
  1. really people says:

    One bald eagle every two to 3 years, really people , who cares. Sometimes things happen. It is just incredible that it is more than likely the liberals complaining about the eagles and fighting so hard to protect one that may die every two to three years; however it is probably the same liberals who are fine with abortions, late term abortions, releasing sex offenders, on and on and on.

    1. Ace says:

      I care about birds very much and I also am against releasing sex offenders so I guess I don’t fit into your little mold. I am also pro photo ID for voting

  2. Legislature says:

    What kill a precious bald eagle !!!! What would Rachel Carson do????
    I love it when to enviromental groups have to do battle and I hope regardless of which side prevails, the Sierra Club does it thing and files a law suit to restrict and impede…. hahahahahah

    1. Bill smith says:

      Bald eagles are all over the place right now. I have seen over ten in the last month alone.

  3. Legislature says:

    “two” sorry

  4. Michele says:

    Legislature and really people, why don’t you go take up fishing on the Gulf for a couple of years, and then we can revisit your views on environmental impact studies?

    I’ve never actually considered the impact of wind turbines. Interesting story.

  5. Bill smith says:

    Why are we even building anymore wind towers when every bit of wind energy produced needs 100% back-up if the wind doesn’t blow? On a Sunday in July 2010 a friend and I drove from Colo to Minn. Not ONE turbine (five states, CO,KS, NE, IA, MN) was turning that day! Sun was shining, birds were singing, air was humid… but NO wind energy was being produced!

    1. B says:

      Because the energy produced by wind can be stored. They are not being built as a primary energy sorce, but rather as a way to help reduce our dependacy on limited natural resources.

      1. Kevin says:

        Did you know that the energy it takes to build windmills is far grerater than it will ever produce? Green Kool Aid.

      2. Bill smith says:

        Yet we have to have 100% back-up anyway?! Look, I don’t know about you, but when I plug something into the 110v outlet, I want electricity to flow — whatever it takes (wind, geothermal, coal, water, nuke)

  6. Big Bird says:

    How many birds are killed by aircraft every year?

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