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Published July 25, 2011, 10:26 AM

Wind farm opponents say turbines could hurt eagles

RED WING, Minn. (AP) — Opponents of a wind farm near Red Wing say the site for the proposed $179 million project is prime nesting territory for the federally-protected bald eagle.

RED WING, Minn. (AP) — Opponents of a wind farm near Red Wing say the site for the proposed $179 million project is prime nesting territory for the federally-protected bald eagle.

Federal wildlife officials say the developer faces the risk of civil, or even criminal action if an eagle is killed by a turbine blade. U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Richard Davis says the likelihood of a strike in the project's acreage is higher than other proposed wind farm sites in Minnesota.

AWA Goodhue Wind project director Chuck Burdick says the company has done everything possible to locate turbines where they will cause the least harm to birds. Burdick tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/pVlcwG ) all projects include some risk. He says the company plans to begin construction this fall.

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