Articles filed under Impact on Birds from USA

Blowback over wind farm eagle rule

Bobby McEnaney, senior deputy director of the NRDC’s Western Lands and Renewable Energy Program, said Interior should have never moved forward with a rule because information on how eagles and wind projects interact is still “very much in its infancy.” The administration noted the dearth of information in its final rule.
9 Dec 2013

Money trumps science? Feds broaden eagle-kill law, Enviro groups angry

In a long-anticipated move that has prompted howls of outrage from conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it will be extending the maximum length of the permits it's granting wind energy facility operators to injure or kill bald and golden eagles. The permits, technically known as take permits under the federal Bald And Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), will be extended to last up to 30 years from the current maximum of five years.
7 Dec 2013

Wind farms get extended leeway on eagle deaths

As Michael Hutchins, national coordinator of the conservancy's wind energy campaign, put it, "[President] Reagan used to say, 'trust, but verify.' … This ruling sets up a system of permitting that allows, for the first time, the legal killing of bald and golden eagles. We think it's a bad idea."
7 Dec 2013

Eagle rule weakens current protections and sanctions eagle deaths

The Interior Department "cut legal corners and disregarded public comments in crafting this rule, which is little more than a regulatory subsidy to the wind power industry. We will be reviewing all available legal options to ensure that eagles do not suffer needless death and maiming from this ill-advised and scientifically bankrupt weakening of eagle safeguards."
6 Dec 2013

US to let wind energy kill eagles

Eagle deaths from some wind farms will get a federal pass for up to 30 years in an effort to foster clean energy growth. Wind power is a pollution-free energy intended to ease global warming, but turbines have caused at least 67 eagle deaths since 2008, according to a federal study.
6 Dec 2013

In growing trend, Wyoming wind project seeks permit to kill eagles

Chokecherry-Sierra Madre is especially concerning, he said, arguing that internal concerns from BLM and Fish and Wildlife staff about bird fatalities have been ignored for political reasons. The project is one of 33 renewable energy developments authorized on public land by the Obama administration, as part of its initiative to produce 10,000 megawatts of green electricity. The project received BLM authorization despite the finding it posed a threat to golden eagles, Schroeder said.
4 Dec 2013

In growing trend, Wyoming wind project seeks permit to kill eagles

Chokecherry-Sierra Madre is especially concerning, he said, arguing that internal concerns from BLM and Fish and Wildlife staff about bird fatalities have been ignored for political reasons. The project is one of 33 renewable energy developments authorized on public land by the Obama administration, as part of its initiative to produce 10,000 megawatts of green electricity. The project received BLM authorization despite the finding it posed a threat to golden eagles, Schroeder said.
4 Dec 2013

Good news for birds as Everglades wind farm scrapped

The Sugarland Wind Project would have posed an unreasonable risk to the birds. Audubon Florida scientists evaluated the project's risk and came to the conclusion that the danger to birds was really grave. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service also had serious questions and concerns about the project, especially in regards to impacts to federally listed endangered species such as the Everglade Snail Kite and Wood Stork. There were species of birds with very low population numbers documented in the area, where even one death could potentially lead to considerable harm on the species' long term survival.
28 Nov 2013

Vitter: Obama showing ‘bias’ on eagle deaths

“It looks like DOJ is making an example out of this particular case to shift the focus away from the Administration’s bias of using the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to go after oil, gas and other businesses. The instances of wind energy’s favoritism have been so egregious under this Administration, and DOJ’s settlement and response still don’t explain the Administration’s obvious bias.”
25 Nov 2013

Green Desert: Birds vs. Windmills: the battle continues

Even without San Gorgonio, the authors found mortality rates for monopole turbines in California leading the nation, averaging 108,715 per year, compared to 22,177 per year for the rest of the western states. Breaking it down to bird deaths per turbine, California is again the highest, with 7.85 per turbine ...If you want to put it in terms of megawatts, in California, we’re losing about 18.76 birds per megawatt of wind power produced.
24 Nov 2013

Green Desert: Birds vs. Windmills: the battle continues

Even without San Gorgonio, the authors found mortality rates for monopole turbines in California leading the nation, averaging 108,715 per year, compared to 22,177 per year for the rest of the western states. Breaking it down to bird deaths per turbine, California is again the highest, with 7.85 per turbine ...If you want to put it in terms of megawatts, in California, we’re losing about 18.76 birds per megawatt of wind power produced.
24 Nov 2013

Guilty plea in bird deaths at wind farms a first

For the first time, the Obama administration is taking action against wind farms for killing eagles. In a settlement announced Friday, Nov. 22, Duke Energy will pay $1 million for killing 14 golden eagles over the past three years at two Wyoming wind farms. The company says it pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
23 Nov 2013

Guilty plea in bird deaths at wind farms a first

For the first time, the Obama administration is taking action against wind farms for killing eagles. In a settlement announced Friday, Nov. 22, Duke Energy will pay $1 million for killing 14 golden eagles over the past three years at two Wyoming wind farms. The company says it pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
23 Nov 2013

State approves wind farm despite bird threats; Final approval must come from federal level

Environmental groups have objected to the proposed location of the turbines, saying they pose too much of a risk to birds migrating through the Everglades. That includes endangered wood storks and Everglades snail kites. Despite concerns about the risk to birds, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection this month approved a state environmental permit needed for the project.
22 Nov 2013

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