01/05/2012 06:15 pm ET

Golden Eagle Deaths From Wind Power May Decrease With Federal Permitting Process

Conservation groups are saluting West Butte Wind Power’s use of a federal permitting process that could allow the company’s planned Central Oregon project to “kill, harass or disturb” a total of three golden eagles over a five-year period while generating up to 104-megawatts of electricity. It’s the first time a wind power developer has stepped forward to apply for what is known as a “take” permit under rules finalized in 2009, and the groups are hopeful it might signal the beginning of wind development that is systematically sited and reviewed to minimize environmental impact.

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