BISMARCK, N.D. — The federal Fish and Wildlife Service says more study is needed on how a $175 million wind farm in north-central North Dakota could impact bald eagles.
North Dakota Public Service Commission members signaled approval Tuesday on the 59-tubine, 100 megawatt wind farm proposed near the town of Rolette. The federal Fish and Wildlife Service says there are two bald eagle nests just outside the project’s nearly 15,000-acre footprint.
Fish and Wildlife spokesman Kevin Shelley says he would not put the project “in a low-risk” category when it comes to the danger posed to bald eagles because of the wind farm’s location.
Rolette Power Development says it is attempting to minimize the impact to bald eagles, including working with landowners to remove dead livestock that could attract the protected birds.
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