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Birders threaten a lawsuit over wind turbine along Lake Erie
Group maintains appropriate studies have not been done and migrating birds will suffer
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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A national group is calling on the state to pump the brakes on plans to put up a wind turbine on the Lake Erie coast. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the group believes the location could spell disaster for migrating birds.

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Michael Parr is worried about plans to put a new wind turbine at an Ohio National Guard training facility on the Lake Erie coast.

“It is both a terrible place and a bad precedent combined.”

Parr is vice president of the American Bird Conservancy, a group dedicated to protecting native birds and their habitats.

He says the proposed turbine creates a major threat to migrating birds and believes a legal challenge is necessary if his group's concerns are not addressed.

While it’s just one turbine, Parr explains that the flight pattern in that area will create a bottleneck effect — funneling the birds straight to that location.

On top of that, Parr says officials have not conducted the appropriate environmental studies.

"It’s got red flags all over it, and the proponents are proposing to go ahead despite all of the concerns.”

The Black Swamp Bird Conservancy, a group based out of Ottawa County, is part of the driving force in opposition to this plan. A lawsuit could be coming since construction on the turbine is scheduled to begin in February.

Officials with the Ohio National Guard could not be reached for comment.

 

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