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American Bird Conservancy and Biodiversity Conservation Alliance statement on the Interior Department “authorization” of the 1,000-turbine, Chokecherry–Sierra Madre wind farm in Wyoming

“This is a very troubling decision. From the incomplete impact analysis to blatantly bad siting, the Chokecherry–Sierra Madre Wind Project violates a plethora of the most basic principles of environmentally sound wind power production. This project is on track to become the single most deadly wind farm for eagles in the country, an Altamont Pass II,” said Kelly Fuller, Wind Campaign Coordinator for American Bird Conservancy.

 

“This project should be sited elsewhere, such as the High Plains to the east of the Laramie Range, where it would have had minimal impacts on rare and sensitive wildlife,” said Erik Molvar, Wildlife Biologist with Biodiversity Conservation Alliance. “Instead, it is being sited on lands that Governor Freudenthal designated as a Sage-Grouse Core Area due to the complex of breeding populations found there, and the projected impacts on Golden Eagles, a bird with a low reproductive rate, will cause far-reaching problems.”

 

Other issues include:

For more detailed information, see our protest letter.