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EFSC to meeting to hear petiton to protect Steens Mountain from Wind Development

Energy development has emerged as a new threat to Steens Mountain and the surrounding area. Although, ONDA supports responsible renewable energy development, we do not feel it is appropriate everywhere. When President Clinton signed the Steens Act in 2000, a 428,000-acre Steens Cooperative Management and Protection Area ("CMPA") was created to protect ecological, scenic, and recreational resources on Steens Mountain. The CMPA is not the place for industrial wind development, and these proposals heighten the need to further protect the Steens.

As you may know energy development has emerged as a new threat to Steens Mountain and the surrounding area. Although, ONDA supports responsible renewable energy development, we do not feel it is appropriate everywhere. When President Clinton signed the Steens Act in 2000, a 428,000-acre Steens Cooperative Management and Protection Area ("CMPA") was created to protect ecological, scenic, and recreational resources on Steens Mountain. The CMPA is not the place for industrial wind development, and these proposals heighten the need to further protect the Steens.

ONDA, Audubon Society of Portland, and Defenders of Wildlife submitted a petition to the Oregon Department of Energy asking that the Energy Facility siting Council ("EFSC") add the CMPA to the list of protected areas off limits to industrial scale energy development. Click HERE for the full petition, including map.

We need as many as you as possible to join us April 30 in The Dalles to tell EFSC that this special Oregon treasure deserves protection. Click Here for the agenda.

April 30th, 9:00 AM
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center 5000 Discovery Dr., The Dalles, OR

Please attend the meeting on Friday and tell EFSC that you support the petition to include Steens on the list of "protected areas", where energy development is prohibited. If you have comments to submit at the meeting please try to bring 4 copies for the committee. If you have comments to submit but are unable to attend, please email them to liznysson@onda.org.

The Steens Act established CMPA to maintain the current character of the area. There is no doubt that the installation of multiple 400-foot-tall wind energy turbines, solar arrays, transmission towers and lines, or other infrastructure associated with industrial-scale energy development, would dramatically alter "the current character and uses of the lands"? both public and private ? that Congress included within the boundaries of the CMPA.

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