Federal court kills wind project near Steens Mountain
April 20, 2017
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal court has killed a large wind energy project in southeast Oregon over concerns about a declining sage grouse population that needs the area to breed.
The U.S. District Court in Portland vacated plans for the project Tuesday, bringing an end to lengthy litigation over the proposal by Columbia Energy Partners.
The project proposal was for wind energy development on roughly 10,500 acres of private land in Harney County near Steens Mountain.
The project called for 40 to 69 wind turbines and a 230-kilovolt transmission line to bring the energy to the electrical...