High Bird and Bat Mortality at Backbone Mountain Windmills

The Post-Gazette reports on problems with the windmills along the Backbone Mountain ridge in Pennyslvania and West Virginia.

Such a massive expansion of wind turbines along the state’s highest and windiest ridges has the potential to fatally impact bats and birds, according to the Biological Survey. In 2004, for example, hundreds of migratory birds and up to 4,000 bats were killed by the whirling blades of 44 turbines in the Mountaineer Wind Energy Center on Backbone Mountain in West Virginia. Heavy bat mortality also occurred at the 20-turbine wind farm in Meyersdale, Somerset County, which also came online in 2004.

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