FWS official to wind developers: Our door is always open
Manville explains, the WTGAC recommendations were just that - recommendations.
"We have no requirement under the Federal Advisory Committee Act or the Administrative Procedures Act to use them," he tells NAW. "We used them as the baseline and the underpinning of our draft wind energy guidelines. It's the foundation for our guidance."
April 21, 2011
by John Clapp
in North American Windpower
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) Draft Voluntary Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines are open for public comment through May 19. But regardless of whether the feedback recommends that the guidelines become regulatory or remain voluntary, the agency wants to collaborate with wind developers.
"Our key message here is, come to us at the get-go, before a site has been selected [and] before a landowner agreement has been signed," Al Manville, the FWS' senior wildlife biologist with the migratory bird division, said at a public wind information forum held April 16 in Falls Village, Conn.
"Unfortunately, right now in many cases, we... [continue via Web link]