Articles filed under Impact on Birds from USA

Green energy’s dirty secret: Industrial solar and wind endanger wildlife but are getting more support than ever

Even on paper, it was a wonder: Three expansive circles of shining mirrors supplicating three glowing 500-foot-tall towers, each engineered to turn the sun’s heat into electricity in the otherwise godforsaken Mojave Desert. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System offered a sparkling vision of our nature-powered future, whose every gigawatt would keep tons of coal’s heat-trapping pollutants out of the atmosphere. BrightSource Inc., a company based in Oakland, California, would design it; construction giant Bechtel would build it on 4,000 acres near the California-Nevada border. It would supply clean electricity to 140,000 homes.
26 Oct 2015

Green energy’s dirty secret: Industrial solar and wind endanger wildlife but are getting more support than ever

Even on paper, it was a wonder: Three expansive circles of shining mirrors supplicating three glowing 500-foot-tall towers, each engineered to turn the sun’s heat into electricity in the otherwise godforsaken Mojave Desert. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System offered a sparkling vision of our nature-powered future, whose every gigawatt would keep tons of coal’s heat-trapping pollutants out of the atmosphere. BrightSource Inc., a company based in Oakland, California, would design it; construction giant Bechtel would build it on 4,000 acres near the California-Nevada border. It would supply clean electricity to 140,000 homes.
26 Oct 2015

Federal court: Intent matters in migratory-bird deaths, ruling lessens companies' liability

Environmental groups say the ruling by the 5th Circuit — which covers the energy-producing states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi — weakens the law's intent in some of the country's most crucial bird habitats; Texas leads the nation in wind energy production. The groups also say the ruling threatens the integrity of treaties signed with Great Britain, Canada, Japan, Mexico and Russia.
5 Oct 2015

Sage grouse conservation moves forward after feds decided not to list the bird

Wyoming’s sage grouse strategy may have satisfied federal regulators this week, but conservation groups say the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision doesn’t prove grouse are in recovery. ...“The sage grouse faces huge problems from industrial development and livestock grazing across the West,” Molvar said in a press release. “And now the interior department seems to be squandering a major opportunity to put science before politics and solve these problems.”
27 Sep 2015

Sage grouse conservation moves forward after feds decided not to list the bird

Wyoming’s sage grouse strategy may have satisfied federal regulators this week, but conservation groups say the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision doesn’t prove grouse are in recovery. ...“The sage grouse faces huge problems from industrial development and livestock grazing across the West,” Molvar said in a press release. “And now the interior department seems to be squandering a major opportunity to put science before politics and solve these problems.”
27 Sep 2015

Dancing grouse removed as threat to biggest wind farm in U.S.

The first portion of the wind farm will have 157 turbines and is planned for a site called Miller Hill, a ridge on Anschutz’s ranch that has some of the best wind resources in the country. About half of the entire project will be on federal land and the rest will be on the ranch. It doesn’t have a buyer lined up or transmission lines to deliver the power.
23 Sep 2015

Wind, Birds And Bats: Recent Legal Migrations

On Aug. 11, a California district court overturned an FWS rule authorizing 30-year BGEPA take permits for failure to comply with NEPA. The FWS already commenced a NEPA review and aims to finalize revised regulations by 2017. This decision does not prohibit further issuance of five-year BGEPA take permits. Only one five-year permit, and no 30-year permits, has been issued to date, although several applications are pending.
17 Sep 2015

Appeals court blasts Obama admin's view of key bird law

Eric Glitzenstein, of Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP, said the 5th Circuit adopted "an extraordinarily narrow and, in ABC's view, legally bankrupt view of the MBTA's scope that severely undercuts the act's -- and the underlying treaties' -- broad bird protection purposes." "Most courts have correctly concluded that the MBTA's prohibition on taking birds without an MBTA permit encompasses bird deaths resulting from inherently hazardous activities -- such as maintaining uncovered oil tanks and operating wind turbines in the habitat of migratory birds," he said.
12 Sep 2015

Wind turbines threaten birds

Any doubt about the numbers of birds can be documented by radar studies of the USFWS under the direction of Jeff Grosse. Hundreds of millions of birds fly over this area and the location of wind turbines in Lake Erie would kill massive numbers of birds.
3 Sep 2015

No, wind farms can't kill eagles

"We must come up with a better system to assess potential risks to birds and bats prior to a project's siting and construction and to track and mitigate project impacts post-construction," says Dr. Michael Hutchins, Director of American Bird Conservancy's (ABC) Bird Smart Wind Energy Program, a plaintiff in the lawsuit.
21 Aug 2015

Bald and golden eagles victorious: Court invalidates 30-year "Eagle Take" rule

The U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, in San Jose has ruled that the Department of the Interior violated federal laws when it created a final regulation allowing wind energy and other companies to obtain 30-year permits to kill protected Bald and Golden Eagles without prosecution by the federal government. The court decision invalidates the rule.
13 Aug 2015

Judge rules for eagles over wind power

Eric Glitzenstein, attorney for the American Bird Conservancy, told Courthouse News that while expansion of renewable energy is "vitally important," there is "a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it." "As this ruling makes clear, the wrong way is for the government to cut legal corners, ignore its own environmental experts, and needlessly jeopardize eagles and other protected species," he said.
13 Aug 2015

Study predicts bird deaths at wind farms

It can be difficult to know exactly how many bird deaths a proposed wind farm may cause while it’s still under review, New said. The only way to know for sure is to build it and observe it, she said. But by then, it’s unlikely that the problem will be fixed. “You’re not going to take it down and move it if you’ve built it in the wrong place,” New said.
3 Aug 2015

Study predicts bird deaths at wind farms

It can be difficult to know exactly how many bird deaths a proposed wind farm may cause while it’s still under review, New said. The only way to know for sure is to build it and observe it, she said. But by then, it’s unlikely that the problem will be fixed. “You’re not going to take it down and move it if you’ve built it in the wrong place,” New said.
3 Aug 2015

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