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Bald Eagle impact ‘speculative’ says wind energy developer

 

By Jack Godshall, Invenergy | Special to the County Compass
Operational since 2009, an Invenergy project in Sheldon, New York, is about 40 miles southeast of Buffalo and is comparable in size to the Pantego project.

Operational since 2009, an Invenergy project in Sheldon, New York, is about 40 miles southeast of Buffalo and is comparable in size to the Pantego project.

PANTEGO — Should Eastern North Carolina pursue a chance to become a leader in clean, renewable wind energy? Should that decision be based on factual, scientific information about wind energy’s potential impacts on the region’s bird population?

We believe the answer to both questions is yes.That’s why Invenergy, the nation’s largest independent wind power producer, has taken the lead in gathering the facts regarding wind energy in North Carolina for the past three years.That is why we decided to delay our Pantego project beyond its planned 2013 start date so that additional scientific studies can be done to assess potential impact to wildlife.

But some people who oppose the Pantego Wind Farm aren’t waiting for these facts. They’ve made up their minds, citing unfounded, unscientific claims about the project

In the June 14-20 edition of The County Compass, Jennifer Skvarla’s article made a number of assertions about the project’s impact on birds – and on bald eagles – that are speculative and not supported by the data gathered to date. Several statements are simply false.

The story states that turbines “are planned for the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.” That is not true. No turbines are planned for the refuge. The closest turbines will be miles away.

What is needed here – and what Invenergy supports – is a full, fair, and factual study.

Already, for more than 17 months, we have been conducting intensive, on-site studies. We are working closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and with other stakeholders to gather all of the relevant scientific data needed to evaluate potential impacts to wildlife.

We are committed to working cooperatively with all the federal, state, and local agencies involved. And we’re committed to avoiding, minimizing, and mitigating any potential impact to wildlife and natural resources at all of our wind farms.

The Pantego project is a unique opportunity for North Carolina, and this region, to take a leadership position in the development of clean, renewable wind energy.

Let’s base this important decision on scientific studies, honest inquiry, and the facts.