Group says ND wind farm killing too many birds

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bird advocacy group says a proposed North Dakota wind farm should undergo a stricter environmental review of threats posed to the endangered whooping crane.

The Washington-based American Bird Conservancy said Friday that it was among 76 groups calling for the tougher review of the Merricourt Wind Power Project.

The group says the coalition is asking the federal Fish and Wildlife Service to prepare an environmental impact statement for the project instead of an abbreviated environmental assessment. The conservancy says the 100 turbine project is planned in a key migration route for many birds, including endangered whooping cranes and threatened piping plovers.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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