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Friday, April 06, 2012

The Audobon Society of Portland and the Oregon Natural Desert Association filed a lawsuit to block what they claim is an illegal wind farm proposed near Steens Mountain.

The lawsuit filed against Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and the Bureau of Land Management in U.S. District Court maintains that the Echanis wind project will dominate the skyline and cause harm to a variety of sensitive and protected species. The groups behind the complaint also say that the project would fragment "one of the largest undeveloped landscapes left in the Great Basin."
"Of all the places in Oregon's high desert, this is perhaps the worst place for wind development," said Brent Fenty, executive director of the Bend-based Oregon National Desert Association. "Steens Mountain is to Oregon's deserts what Crater Lake is to our forests; a truly special place we should protect for future generations."

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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