Proposed wind farm near wildlife refuge will move
MOUND CITY (AP) - An Oregon-based company says it no longer plans to build what would have been the state's largest wind farm in northwest Missouri.
The proposed Mill Creek Wind Energy Project was to be built near Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Holt County. Environmentalists, state conservation officials and birding groups had said the 84 to 118 wind turbines would endanger the millions birds and bats that migrate through the area.
The St. Joseph News-Tribune reports said Element Power officials recently notified Holt County commissioners that the company was canceling the project because measures that would be required to protect wildlife meant it was not financially feasible.
Element said it was considering other areas of Missouri for the project but did not specify where it was looking.