Status of Permit Applications: Keep the North Shore Country addressed the endangered bat aspects of the project in a contested case at the DLNR. The State’s attorney advised the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) to deny the wind farm’s request for an incidental take license. The BLNR voted to approve the permit so the State will now need to defend the BLNR’s decision in court. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has not made a decision on the applicant’s request for an incidental take permit for the endangered bat. We hope the wind farm will be required to avoid any bat take they can not offset. While we are hopeful research into development of a method to deter bats from flying near turbines is successful so no bat take is needed. It’s also possible a method of compensating for bat take with some kind of compensatory mitigation could be developed so wind farms could propose mitigation to offset their take. Until one of those things happens, bat take should be avoided with night-time shut down to the maximum extent practicable (given the financial windfall of the wind farms, night-time shut down appears to be practicable see https://hawaiiwindfarminfo.com/). The State Health Department has not issued a variance for night-time noise and the City and County of Honolulu has not issued a permit for wind turbine construction. We hope the State Health Department and EPA will step in to ensure the wind farm is required to move to a location where it will not have serious social and economic justice implications.
Please Help Prevent the Na Pua Makani Wind Farm: Please donate to Keep the North Shore Country. Donations are tax deductible and can be made online via Paypal at https://www.keepthenorthshorecountry.org/donate. Personal checks can be mailed to:
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66-250 Kamehameha Hwy, Suite D103
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