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Sage grouse concerns nix Oregon energy project

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Sage grouse (Photo: Jeannie Stafford/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP) Sage grouse (Photo: Jeannie Stafford/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)
HARNEY COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A federal appeals court has nixed a large wind energy project in southeast Oregon.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that an environmental review by the Bureau of Land Management failed to adequately assess the population of greater sage grouse during winter at the proposed facility in Harney County.

Brent Fenty is executive director of the Oregon Natural Desert Association, a Bend-based environmental group that brought the lawsuit. He tells The Bulletin newspaper the wind project is the "right idea in the wrong place."

Columbia Energy Partners proposed the project for roughly 10,500 acres of private land. The project called for 40 to 69 wind turbines and a 230-kilovolt transmission line to bring the energy to the electrical grid.

Harney County Judge Steve Grasty said the decision represents a lost opportunity for the community. 

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