Wind turbines are proposed to be installed on Lake Erie as LEEDCO project developers re-submit documents previously deemed incomplete. Environmentalists continue to raise alarms of serious harmful impacts to marine and avian species. If construction goes ahead well over 2 000 industrial wind turbines could crowd the waters of Lake Erie. The Great Lakes are an important ecosystem and host location for globally significant flyways used by large numbers of migrating birds, bats and insects (such as monarch butterflies) from the far reaches of the world.
A crane and drilling barge was anchored in Lake Erie about 8 to 10 miles northwest of Cleveland in 2015 at the site where LEEDCo hopes to build a six-turbine wind farm. Technicians were taking core samples and conducting other soil tests of the lake bottom for engineering studies.(John Funk/Plain Dealer file photo)
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