August 30, 2013
YAKIMA — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the state's approval for a wind farm on the north side of the Columbia River Gorge, though it was not immediately clear if the project would go forward.
The Whistling Ridge Energy Project has faced stiff opposition given its proximity to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, which was created in 1986. Conservation groups and neighboring landowners fear the project will create unwanted noise, harm endangered species habitat and mar the popular scenic region.
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