Articles filed under Impact on Wildlife

US Wildlife looking at impact of accidental kills by wind farms

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is developing an environmental impact statement to evaluate the potential of issuing incidental take permits for protected bird and bat species if regional wind industry development grows. According to a news release by the service, the states within the plan are Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. It is called the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan.
20 Jun 2015

State wildlife officials oppose Hancock County turbine project

“DIF&W believes the proposed project poses an undue risk of mortality to birds, particularly songbirds, during spring migration. Given the Bull Hill Project is already operational and that the Hancock Wind Project is permitted, MDIF&W believes that the proposed Weaver Wind Project will represent significant adverse cumulative impact to migrating birds, and recommends denial of the Weaver Wind Project.”
20 Jun 2015

BLM Mojave Desert solar decision rankles environmentalists

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Friday it had eliminated a quarter of the proposed Soda Mountain Solar project but will allow most of its construction on nearly 2,000 acres near Death Valley National Park and the Mojave National Preserve. ...The project is in an area where such development would be prohibited under the proposed Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. 
5 Jun 2015

Wildlife experts: Huron turbines could kill thousands of bats

The Service’s three-mile setback from Great Lakes shorelines is a recommendation based on areas along the shoreline identified as having the highest habitat value for migrating and nesting birds. Hicks said the agency cannot force developers to apply for permits, but killing an eagle and not having an incidental take permit can result in prosecution. The Service’s 2012 wind energy guidelines are voluntary for developers.
7 Mar 2015

Finland: Wind farm aims to limit harm to birds

“Finland has hardly any experience in researching the impact of wind power on birdlife; internationally it’s only been studied for about a decade,” says Aappo Luukkonen, an avian issues specialist with the major Finnish consulting firm Pöyry. The Pori facility will also test mechanisms to keep birds away and to stop the turbines when they are approaching it.
6 Mar 2015

FWS considers permitting for unintentional bird kills

The Fish and Wildlife Service is considering establishing a permitting system that would allow the legal, unintentional killing of the more than 1,000 bird species protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a move that could offer legal certainty under a law fraught with ambiguity. Details of the plan are scant, but the effort is being closely watched by electric utilities, renewable energy developers and environmental groups, all of which have much at stake under the 1918 law.
13 Feb 2015

Invest wisely in wind decisions

There are questions that need to be asked and answered so that decades from now our descendants can look back and see the wisdom of this era. What are the most prudent setback distances? Are a significant number of bats and birds at risk? Are they eagles, or sparrows? Yes, it would have been nice if the latest guideline by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was more helpful to developers in Huron County. But it was not. 
13 Dec 2014

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