Environmentalists Fight Planned Wind Farm In NC

Environmental groups are fighting a planned wind farm near a wildlife refuge in northeastern North Carolina.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Saturday that environmentalists worry the giant blades will kill migrating birds.

Construction on the 11,000-acre Pantego Wind Energy Facility was planned for next year. Plans for what could be North Carolina's first commercial wind farm call for 49 turbines rising 492 feet.

The 80-megawatt project is planned several miles from the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, created in 1963 to attract migrating snowbirds. Several years ago, the U.S. Navy had to abandon its plans to build an airfield nearby over similar concerns about bird kills.

The North Carolina Utilities Commission has scheduled hearings Tuesday in Raleigh.

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  • by Waste of Money on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:19 PM
    Another Obama FAILED plan!!!!!
  • by Scruggs on Dec 5, 2011 at 06:43 AM
    House cats kill more birds a year than wind turbines. Yes but is often the case in eastern NC, we too often use the one size fits all approach. Perhaps placing a bunch of wind turbines in the center of the Atlantic flyway for migratory birds is not the best idea. Maybe sending someone with an alcohol problem to the ABC store is a slightly better idea?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 03:43 AM
    Love the fact that "environ"mental"ists want to have no fossil fuels but don't want a wind farm either. like kennedy wanting a wind farm until it was going to be near HIM, but he was against it. silly liberals.
  • by Kevin Location: goldsboro on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:22 PM
    crazy tree huggers wind energy would lower light bills and save natural resources. oh wait maybe that's why north carolina is so friggin broke in the first place because no one allows anything in the dang state. Full of old grumpy retired people and tree huggers
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      by 40some on Dec 4, 2011 at 08:02 PM in reply to Kevin
      Yep, we ship all our dollars to the coal barons in Pa. for power here. Probably have a perfectly good natural gas feild sitting fourty miles or so off the coast. Then all that mercury from the dirty coal rains down in the streams, rivers, and fish we and all other wildlife eat. Don't build a wind farm though.
  • by Kane on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:12 PM
    Environmentalists need to make up their mind. For decades they have been screaming about the dangers of fossil fuels and the need to find alternative energy. Well, now NC first wind plant is going up and they are still screaming, this time about birds. The next time they start chanting about saving something they ought to just save their breath.
  • by anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 06:24 PM
    For far too long the powers that be in Beaufort County have not been concerned about the enviromental impact their businesses have on the surrounding counties. PCS pumps millions of gallons of water out of the ground everyday, which lowers our water tables. Now, they are trying to put in a Sulfur Melting Facility,which will pollute our air. We won't have any water to drink, any good air to breathe, any birds to see, but boy we can sure have electricity. Somebody had better wake up and smell the coffee. All in the name of the almighty dollar, Beaufort County gets to ruined the natural resources which belong to each one of us.
  • by Ryan Location: havelock on Dec 4, 2011 at 06:07 PM
    Wind turbines are fine.. but why build on the edges of a known congregation area at the end of the Flyway? You couldn't build an airfield there so you want to build a windfarm? Um? I'm not an environmentalist in the least, I love to hunt and trap.. but this is a no brainer. BTW.. a lot of migratory birds fly by night, so yes seeing the blades becomes difficult.
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      by 40some on Dec 4, 2011 at 06:56 PM in reply to Ryan
      No problem, spot light them with the electricity. Think that maybe they could take out some of these nuisance canadian geese we have around here?
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      by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 03:57 PM in reply to Ryan
      I would think if they fly at night they would be able to see at night dont you think.
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        by Audra on Dec 15, 2011 at 01:28 PM in reply to
        Touche' precisely. It's like suggesting that you need to spotlight your brick walls so the cats, possums, and raccoons don't slam into them.
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      by tom on Jan 30, 2012 at 01:18 PM in reply to Ryan
      just what migrtory birds fly at night. owls? How many birds have you ever hit with your car? I've only hit one in 45 years of driving. Go hang out at a power plant and count the dead birds that fall from the sky after going through the plume
  • by bills Location: ENC on Dec 4, 2011 at 06:00 PM
    What we need here is a Southern Environmental Taxpayer Defense Fund. We build green energy, environmental defense groups fund it, SELC sues, and the environmental groups pay the bills.
  • by Percy Location: Woodland NC on Dec 4, 2011 at 04:57 PM
    I think that these people would rather have more nuclear reactors then wind farms.Troy Pa has 60 wind mills and planing on 200. I stood 20 yards from four running wind mills and didn't hear them. Maybe they should look at the bollom of PA. wind mills and see if there is birds laying dead around them.Lets let the wind help with our fuel problems.
  • by Don Location: Elizabeth Cit on Dec 4, 2011 at 04:26 PM
    Come on Folks, lets build the Wind Turbines and tell the Middle East to eat their oil. Its time we take and make good use of what God has given us to work with here at home.

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