Wind industry, conservationists at odds over eagle-kill permits
The Fish and Wildlife Service administers eagle take permits under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The legal provisions allow businesses to kill limited numbers of eagles during normal operations. In return, permit holders commit to compensatory measures designed to offset the damage.
July 9, 2012
by Morgan Lee
in San Diego Union-Tribune
Conservationists are criticizing a proposal to lengthen from 5 years to 30 years federal permits for the non-purposeful killing of eagles.
The changes to "programatic incidental take permits" are part of broad efforts to provide clearer ground rules for wildlife impacts as public lands are opened up to wind farms and other renewable energy development.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comments until noon on July 12 on the proposal. Regulators contend the changes would allow for more responsible development.
Spinning turbine blades inevitably kill some birds, and scientists say they are only starting to understand the impact of wind... [continue via Web link]