CUMBERLAND — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have agreed to review whether the planned Shaffer Mountain Wind Project in Bedford and Somerset counties, Pa., would harm the endangered Indiana bat.

Sensible Wind Solutions, Mountain Laurel Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Allegheny Plateau Audubon Society have urged the federal government to undertake the review under the Endangered Species Act.

The Shaffer Mountain site is confirmed habitat for Indiana bats, a species that has been listed as endangered since 1967. Both juvenile and adult Indiana bats have been discovered on the site, which indicates that a maternity colony is nearby, according to Sensible Wind Solutions. The grass-roots environmental organization is headquartered in Somerset County.

Because the wind project slated for Shaffer Mountain would destroy federally protected wetlands, it cannot be built without a permit from the Corps. The Corps may not issue a permit without ensuring that the project will not jeopardize the Indiana bat. If the FWS concludes that the project will contribute to the extinction of a species, the agency must propose an alternative location that would avoid jeopardy.

For additional information concerning the Shaffer Mountain project, contact Jack Buchan of Sensible Wind Solutions at (814) 243-6969.

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