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Bald eagles focus of E. Shore wind farm dispute

Monday - 3/11/2013, 1:22pm  ET

WESTOVER, Md. -- Federal regulators say a proposed wind farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore could kill up to 20 bald eagles a year.

The Salisbury Times (http://bit.ly/WDSnRm ) reports that the conclusion by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could have implications for wind power development along the Eastern Seaboard.

The agency says Pioneer Green Energy must take measures to reduce the threat to bald eagles before it will sign off on the company's proposed 50- turbine project near Westover.

A wind-power lobbying group says the agency's estimate is flawed because it's based on data about golden eagles.

The agency says it used golden eagle data because there have been few run-ins between bald eagles and wind turbines. That's because most U.S. wind farms are in the west, where golden eagles predominate.

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Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., http://www.delmarvanow.com/


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