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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 12/ 9/2009

In the case of the bat versus the wind farm, who wins?

By Washington Post editors

A verdict is due in a case "green versus green" case that The Post's Maria Glod wrote about back in October. We'll bring you the news as soon as it happens. In the meantime, here's a quick backgrounder on the case of the wind farm versus the Indiana bat.

At the heart of the case, which is being heard in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, is the Indiana bat, a brownish-gray creature that weighs about as much as three pennies and has a wingspan of about eight inches.

Chicago-based Invenergy wanted to build a wind farm to help turn the Appalachian breezes of West Virginia into clean energy, an endeavor you'd think environmentalists would support. But there was a hitch. The Indiana bats hibernate in limestone caves located within several miles of the wind farm. Environmentalists feared that the bats would fly in the path of the 122 turbines -- and well, you can guess how that would end.

The dilemma for the judge: power for tens of thousands of people or safe flying routes for the Indian bat?

If you'd like to read Maria's story, click here.

By Washington Post editors  | December 9, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
Tags:  West Virginia, environmentalists, green energy  
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