Offshore Lake Erie Wind Projects Draws Fire from Conservancy

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By Editors of Power Engineering

A wind turbine project in development has drawn fire from the American Bird Conservancy, which plans to sue to block the project in the western portion of Lake Erie if it continues.

The conservancy, which is partnering with Ohio’s Black Swamp Bird Observatory on the potential suit, called the $1.5 million project “ill-conceived and unlawful,” the Toledo Blade reported.

Representatives of the project said they were incensed to learn that the Ohio Air National Guard, the developer of the project, laid the concrete foundation for the 198-foot-high turbine near Camp Perry before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was able to produce a report on the potential impacts on birds and bats.

The potential lawsuit could be filed within 60 days.

In a statement, the Ohio Air National Guard pledged to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Guard Bureau and the U.S. Air Force to ensure the project is done in compliance with regulatory and legal requirements.

A 325-foot turbine was erected near Camp Perry at the Lake Erie Business Park three years ago.  

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