"I work for an environmental group that takes all species seriously, from the Bicknell's thrush to homo sapiens," O'Neil said. "And because the laws are so stacked in favor of wind power we gladly accept whatever assistance we can get, even if it comes from a little bird.
"Ask Angus King what he thinks of it," O'Neil said.
King, a U.S. Senate candidate and former Maine governor, faced the issue of the Bicknell's thrush as the head of Independence Wind. It came up during the 2010 regulatory review of a request for a permit from his Brunswick-based firm for a $210 million, 39-turbine project in the Bigelow Preserve.
"And," said O'Neil, "he didn't get it."
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