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Federal judge asked to settle wind farm dispute

December 26, 2013 • Business


This Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 photo shows the Rim Rock wind farm near Cut Bank, Mont. Wind energy company NaturEner is in a dispute with a California utility over whether enough has been done to protect eagles that nest near the 126-turbine wind farm. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A California utility that wants to back out of a northwest Montana wind power project is asking a federal judge to decide if the wind farm’s developers did enough to protect a nearby cluster of golden eagles.

San Diego Gas & Electric claims in court documents that a U.S. subsidiary of Spanish wind power company NaturEner misrepresented the risk of the birds being harmed by the Rim Rock wind farm near Cut Bank.

In court documents filed over the last two weeks, the utility has sought to withdraw its pledge to invest $285 million in the $400 million project. It Login to read more

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