A controversial wind farm proposed near Red Wing plans to ask for federal permission to legally kill eagles, making it one of the first in the nation to participate in a new federal strategy aimed at managing the often-lethal conflict between birds and turbine blades.Read the entire article at StarTribune.com, including notice that permits to kill eagles seem set to grow:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials say they urged the developers of AWA Goodhue Wind to seek the new permit because the deaths of an unknown number of eagles and endangered golden eagles will be inevitable once the 50-turbine project is up and running.
So far, only one wind project, the West Butte Power Project in Oregon, has submitted a request for such a permit, but more are expected.
"There are a fair amount of wind farms lined up - hesitantly," Rheude said. "I think there are a lot of people watching to see how the process will go."