Company Withdraws Plan for
by Eric Mortenson
A wind power company has pulled the plug on its plan to build a string of turbines on Seven Mile Hill outside The Dalles.
Opponents, who had complained the wind farm site was too close to residences, bordered a national scenic area and might harm wildlife, hailed the announcement as a significant victory.
"It was just a terrible place to put a wind farm," said Tom Quinn, who is building a house in the area and would have seen the turbines from his property. "The company should have known that from the beginning."
The company, First Wind, announced in a letter Tuesday to the Oregon Department of Energy that it was withdrawing its application. The company did not give a reason for canceling the project, Energy Department spokesman Lou Torres said.
The company had planned to build 40 wind turbine generators on property between The Dalles and Mosier in rural Wasco County, about 75 miles east of Portland. The turbine towers, standing nearly 260 feet tall and with 240-foot diameter rotors, would have produced a combined 60 megawatts of electricity.
Opponents said the turbines would have been visible from wide stretches of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and might endanger raptors and migrating birds.
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