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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