Migratory birds stops wind farm production in the gulf

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 6:34pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 9:33am

A wind farm project that was supposed to be located in the gulf has been dropped.

The proposed wind farm was to be placed in the water approximately 10 miles, north and east of South Padre Island.

This would have generated electricity and helped to cut down the use of fossil fuels in the gulf. However, the unique location of the possible 300 wind turbines could have caused issues with the wildlife.

William DiLibero, City Manager SPI, "The company that was involved with the project has decided to withdraw the project because the data they had gathered on potential impact to migratory birds was more severe than they had initially calculated."

Another concern would have been the sand. Every year, the city of South Padre puts sand on the beach that has been dredged from the ship channel.

Sometimes there isn't enough space on the beach due to turtle nestings, so the left over sand gets placed out in the water until it can be brought in.

DiLibero, "So one of the things we have was to establish spaces, leases of spaces in the ocean where we would put the sand that would be protected from these towers being placed there."

City Manager DiLibero says that the project could return once the technology catches up.

DiLibero, "On some cases, these towers have sensors on them so they'll stop the blades from turning when the birds are migrating in the area."

There was no statement from the company as to whether or not they will continue to search for an area in the gulf for future wind farms.

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