Groups File Federal Lawsuit To Stop WVa Wind Farm

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Environmental and animal rights groups are asking a federal judge to stop the construction of a West Virginia wind farm because of its potential impact on the endangered Indiana bat.

In a filing in U.S. District Court in Maryland, the Animal Welfare Institute and Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy say the planned 124-turbine wind farm violates the Ffederal Endangered Species Act.

Beech Ridge Energy LLC has won state approval to build the wind farm on a ridgetop in Greenbrier County.

The project also has been upheld by the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Both groups say the project should be stopped because beech ridge has failed to obtain a federal permit that would limit any harm to the bat.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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