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Wind Farm Case
Mon July 1, 2013
Washington Supreme Court Hears Wind Farm Case
The Supreme Court of Washington Thursday heard arguments in a case about a controversial wind farm in the Columbia River Gorge. Then-Governor Chris Gregoire approved the project more than a year ago. Environmentalists say it will harm wildlife, recreation, and scenic views. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.
Whistling Ridge Energy Project is set to be the Northwest’s first wind farm in a mountainous, forested area. Critics of the project say that’s why it’s important to make sure the facility is properly sited.
Friends of the Columbia Gorge is an environmental advocacy group. It says the Washington siting council did not take the right steps to make sure migratory and endangered wildlife would be kept safe.
Gary Kahn argued the case for the Friends of the Columbia Gorge. He says the group wants more investigation into some parts of the wind farm application.
Kahn: “Everyone involved in the siting process must do everything to assure all the applicable requirements are met.”
The siting council says it followed the law when reviewing the Whistling Ridge application.
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