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Black Isle turbines plan ruffles bird expert's feathers

"I have been monitoring breeding red kites and ospreys in the forest for the past 20 years while employed by RSPB. The two chosen locations for the turbines are in close proximity to known traditional nesting sites and pose a direct risk to the movement of adult birds of prey of conservation value as well as the relic population of Capercaillie."
13 Jan 2015

Ratepayers shouldn't be on the hook

PacifiCorp, the parent company of Rocky Mountain Power, has been responsible for 38 dead golden eagles and killing at least 336 other protected birds with its wind turbines north of Glenrock. ...The federal government has fined PacifiCorp $2.5 million for this act, but Wyoming wildlife advocates and ratepayers need to be assured that the fine’s impact on PacifiCorp’s balance sheet will be borne by the shareholders only.
13 Jan 2015

RSPB lodges legal challenge against wind farms

Consent was given under strict conditions to mitigate any potential environmental impact and backing was received from environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth Scotland. But RSPB Scotland objected to the plans and raised fears over the proximity of seabird colonies.
13 Jan 2015

Pacificorp Energy sentenced in Wyoming for killing protected birds at wind projects

“PacifiCorp Energy built two of its Wyoming wind projects in a manner it knew would likely result in the deaths of eagles and other protected birds,” said Sam Hirsch, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. ...“Improperly sited and operated wind energy facilities can kill significant numbers of federally protected birds and other species,” 
19 Dec 2014

Grouse by night: Research precedes huge wind farm

Efforts to conserve a struggling species of grouse that ranges across the Western U.S. are having far-reaching effects on the region’s energy industry as the Obama administration decides whether the bird needs more protections. ...The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s delay on the parcels underscores just how much is at stake for an industry that finds its future inextricably intertwined with a bird once known primarily for its elaborate mating display. 
5 Dec 2014

Wind energy industry protests bird-kill fine

Ohio’s wind energy industry is balking at a largely ignored provision of a massive environmental bill overwhelmingly approved in the House this week, arguing it is designed to throw one more wrench into its turbines. ...The language would allow the state Department of Natural Resources to impose additional fees on wind farms based on the killing and injury, or “take,” of wild animals.
22 Nov 2014

Wind energy firm sues to block bird death data release

Using documents, emails and interviews with former wildlife officials, the AP in articles published last year documented more than four dozen eagle deaths in Wyoming since 2009, and dozens more in California, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. Corporate surveys showed at least 20 eagles found dead in recent years on Pacificorp wind farms in Wyoming. Wind energy companies objected to the AP’s efforts to uncover more information about the numbers of bird deaths. 
18 Nov 2014

ND wind farm project revived after lawsuit concerning endangered birds

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service commented in February 2010 that “an adverse effect to whooping cranes is likely” from the project and recommended EDF not start construction until it obtains an “incidental take” permit, which allows a landowner to proceed with an activity that would otherwise result in the illegal killing of an endangered or threatened species.
7 Nov 2014

Wind turbines have killed more birds of prey than persecution this year

Wind turbines have killed more birds of prey in Scotland this year, including a rare white tailed sea eagle, than deliberate poisoning or shooting, an official report has revealed. Four raptors were killed by turbines between January and June and a fifth bird, a golden eagle, was electrocuted by a power line. Over the same period, two birds were confirmed to have been poisoned or shot.
29 Oct 2014

Wind farm plans sparks fears for seabirds

The Scottish Government has granted permission for hundreds of turbines in the Forth and Tay that could generate enough energy to power 1.4 million homes. But representatives from RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Seabird Centre said they were worried about the potential impact the structures would have on marine wildlife.
11 Oct 2014

Wind energy in Colorado has come far, but can it sustain momentum?

Speakers at the recent American Wind Energy Association conference held at the University of Denver identified significant challenges: inadequate transmission, lack of certainty about the production tax credit, and the chilling effect that the death of eagles in turbine blades has had in siting decisions. ...After the session, one of the wind industry members confided that indeed it’s not all wine and roses for the industry. “Transmission and eagles – they’re both huge.” 
10 Oct 2014

Bird Mortality: Big wind on defense

The true intent of AWWI's study is not about accurate mortality estimates. It's about deflecting the problem. The fact is, many more birds (and bats) are dying at operating wind plants than we know. Now is not the time to relax our concern. Rather, we should be demanding that the industry be held accountable for bird mortality once and for all!
1 Oct 2014
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