Found this at the Statesman.com:
|The famed King Ranch and a coalition of environmental groups sued Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson in federal court Tuesday, seeking to require extensive environmental review and public comment on two planned wind power projects along the Gulf Coast in Kenedy County.The coalition, the Coastal Habitat Alliance, also sued over the wind project in state District Court in Travis County. That suit claims that the state’s Public Utility Commission illegally denied the alliance’s request to participate in permit hearings for the wind project’s transmission line.
The lawsuits threaten to delay or stop the two massive wind projects, which could place more than 600 turbines on 60,000 acres near Laguna Madre, south of Corpus Christi. Part of the wind projects would place about 250 turbines just east of a portion of the sprawling King Ranch.
The federal suit, filed in U.S. Western District Court in Austin, said the turbines could kill untold numbers of migratory birds and damage the bay. It seeks to overturn the decision by the Texas General Land office to allow the projects to be built without environmental review or input from the public. The suit contends that the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 and the Texas Coastal Management Program require a permit process for any energy generation facility on the coast, including wind farms.
I wish I could say that this environmental group was raising public support for the wind project. You know… cut carbon emissions, save the planet, all that stuff.
This group of morons is actually suing to stop the construction of a massive renewable energy project out of fear that birds will be harmed.
From the group’s own web site:
“The Coastal Habitat Alliance, Inc is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of one of Texas’ most unique assets – the Gulf Coast. As a group we are not opposed to wind power but are opposed to the irreparable harm to the Coast if the Kenedy industrial wind project is allowed to proceed.
What do you think will do more damage to the Gulf Coast: some wind turbines or massive sea level rise due to warming? I am all for keeping our coasts pretty. It might be a bit more important to keep our coasts above sea level!
Seriously, what do these people want? Save some local birds or save the planet? Makes me wonder how many of these environmentalists drive SUVs?