Wind farms get pass to kill eagles

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HOUSTON, TX – Apparently, the government thinks its OK to give American wind farms an official pass to kill our national bird.

The White House now allows bird deaths for 30 years instead of 5 years originally; all thanks to an updated permit they signed off on. The learning process huh?

Recent studies show wind turbines in Wyoming killed at least 67 bald or golden eagles since 2008. Northern California wind farms kill an estimated 60 eagles year. And not a single facility ever obtained a permit.

Just last month, Duke Energy Corporation became the nations first ever wind power plant to have environmental laws enforced. Duke paid a settlement of $1 million for killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds.

Just a million? How is this even acceptable?

Somebody please write Obama a letter; what’s next stomp out all the roses for greener grass. This is ridicules.

1 Comment

  • dwardawea

    It is important to understand that the eagle "take" permit is not new and was not developed for nor is it specific to the wind industry, but rather is available to all sources of human-caused eagle mortality including oil and gas exploration and production, mining, military bases, airports, cell towers, utility lines, etc.

    Congress actually sanctioned the issuance of permits decades ago when the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act became law, and then formalized the permit program through the 2009 Eagle Permit Rule. The program is designed for the express purpose of protecting eagle populations by providing much-needed conservation benefits in exchange for very limited take authorization. Ultimately, the decision made today by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service modifies a permit program which promotes eagle conservation.

    The wind industry does more to address its impacts on eagles than any of the other, far greater sources of eagle fatalities known to wildlife experts, and we are constantly striving to reduce these impacts even further. In fact, the wind industry has taken the most proactive and leading role of any utility-scale energy source to minimize wildlife impacts in general, and specifically on eagles, through constantly improving siting and monitoring techniques.

    Read the American Wind Energy Association’s entire reaction today here: http://www.awea.org/MediaCenter/pressrelease.aspx

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