A company planning to build the largest wind farm in Missouri has decided to change locations. The proposed wind farm location was near several wildlife areas, and steps needed to be taken to protect the wildlife no longer made it financially feasible.
Element Power had proposed to place 84 to 188 wind turbines near Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Holt County and seven other conservation areas nearby. After studying the project for five years, the company leased 30,000 acres near the wildlife areas in 2010.
The Missouri Department of Conservation, environmentalists and birding groups were concerned the location of the wind farm would endanger the millions of birds and bats that migrate in the area. Squaw Creek is about 100 miles north of Kansas City, with more than 7,400 acres of wetlands, grasslands and prairies.