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Federal officials say wind farm could harm endangered species  

Federal officials are expressing concern over the site of a proposed wind farm on the border of Virginia and West Virginia, arguing it could pose a threat to several endangered species.

In a letter to environmental consultant Western EcoSystems Technology of Cheyenne, Wyoming, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service said the site isn’t the best location for a wind-power project. The site is home to animals on federal endangered species lists, including the bald and golden eagle and two species of bats.

The proposed site encompasses portions of Rockingham County in Virginia, and Pendleton and Hardy counties in West Virginia. That’s according to WEST, which is studying the site on behalf of an unnamed client.

Concern over protected bird and bat species has prompted other disputes over wind farm projects in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and in eastern West Virginia in recent years.

The Associated Press


15 January 2008

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