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November 27, 2012 | last updated November 27, 2012 11:29 am

Lawsuit aims to halt wind farm expansion

A Farmington nonprofit has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its approval of a permit for a wind farm expansion in the northwest portion of the state.

The Friends of the Boundary Mountains filed the suit Monday to prevent the expansion of TransCanada Maine Wind Development Inc.'s 44-turbine Kibby Mountain wind farm to the neighboring Sisk Mountain in northern Franklin County, according to the Bangor Daily News.

The lawsuit claims the expansion of the wind farm will violate the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Act, the paper reported, and it also alleges that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not comply with the Clean Water Act in issuing TransCanada a permit.

TransCanada hit a regulatory snag in its expansion plan in a July 2010 ruling by the state's Land Use Regulation Commission after the company announced plans for a 14-turbine expansion in March 2009.

The lawsuit is the latest challenge by Friends of Boundary Mountain to the project. In 2011, the group filed a petition with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court challenging the review that LURC gave to the project.

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