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Feds study W.Va. wind farm's environmental impact

Fri, 07/23/2010 - 8:13am
The Associated Press

Public input is being sought on the environmental impact of a wind farm in southeastern West Virginia.

Beech Ridge Energy is seeking an incidental take permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its Beech Ridge Wind Energy Project in Greenbrier and Nicholas counties. Such permits are required for projects that might harm endangered or threatened wildlife.

Rockville, Md.-based Beech Ridge agreed to apply for the permit as part of a settlement of a federal lawsuit by environmental groups worried about potential harm to the endangered Indiana bat.

Fish and Wildlife has scheduled an informational meeting on the proposed permit for Aug. 9 at the Community Center in Rupert. Public comments can be submitted through Aug. 23.

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