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What's Been Killing Eagles? What Price “Progress”?

FLEURIEU EAGLES THREATENED - IS ORIGIN ENERGY SERIOUS ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT? ENVIRONMENTAL LOSS IN THE NAME OF ENVIRONMENTAL GAIN

Members of one of the Fleurieu’s agriculture groups were dismayed recently to find a critically injured wedge-tailed eagle next to a wind tower at the Cape Jervis wind farm. One member cradled the injured eagle in his arms and it was taken to the local veterinarian. The vet confirmed broken bones and internal injuries and the eagle was destroyed. It was about 10 years old. The rotating blades of the wind turbine had hit the eagle. The tips of the blades move at about 250 kph.

The death was reported to members of the Eaglehawk Environment Group. The members state that birds of prey are particularly susceptible to wind farm “bird-strike”. The population of wedge-tailed eagles on the southern Fleurieu is sparse, partly because extensive clearing has severely limited the habitats in which eagles can breed. The birds rarely raise more than 1 chick per year and often nesting is unsuccessful. The rate of reproduction is low. They say that the loss of one eagle is a tragedy. Members also commented that energy companies are reluctant to release “confidential” information about windfarm “bird-kill”.

Members of the Group are attempting to halt a windfarm proposed by Origin Energy for the rugged Kemmiss Hill Road area near Yankalilla. It is one of the few remaining eagle breeding areas on the Fleurieu. Members claim that the windfarm will have a devastating effect on the... [truncated due to possible copyright]  
Members of one of the Fleurieu’s agriculture groups were dismayed recently to find a critically injured wedge-tailed eagle next to a wind tower at the Cape Jervis wind farm.  One member cradled the injured eagle in his arms and it was taken to the local veterinarian.  The vet confirmed broken bones and internal injuries and the eagle was destroyed.  It was about 10 years old.  The rotating blades of the wind turbine had hit the eagle.  The tips of the blades move at about 250 kph.

The death was reported to members of the Eaglehawk Environment Group.  The members state that birds of prey are particularly susceptible to wind farm “bird-strike”.  The population of wedge-tailed eagles on the southern Fleurieu is sparse, partly because extensive clearing has severely limited the habitats in which eagles can breed. The birds rarely raise more than 1 chick per year and often nesting is unsuccessful.  The rate of reproduction is low.  They say that the loss of one eagle is a tragedy.  Members also commented that energy companies are reluctant to release “confidential” information about windfarm “bird-kill”.

Members of the Group are attempting to halt a windfarm proposed by Origin Energy for the rugged Kemmiss Hill Road area near Yankalilla.  It is one of the few remaining eagle breeding areas on the Fleurieu. Members claim that the windfarm will have a devastating effect on the Peninsula’s birds of prey, particularly eagles. 

There are at least another 7 windfarms being considered for the southern Fleurieu.

The Eaglehawk Environment Group is leading mounting opposition to the Kemmiss Hill Road windfarm.  Members have called on the Minister for Urban Development and Planning, the Hon. Jay Weatherill, to call a moratorium on windfarm developments on the southern Fleurieu Peninsula until specific regulations are developed to govern the location of windfarms.  They claim that windfarms should not be located in areas where rural landholdings are relatively small in size and where environmental losses will result from the installations.  They should not be developed in areas where the visual amenity is of high value.

The Eaglehawk Environment Group
www.angelfire.com/oz/eaglehawk

The Eaglehawk Environment Group would like to meet with media representatives.  We are available to:

• be interviewed;
• give more details on our objections;
• show media representatives over the Kemmiss Hill Road area - there are wonderful ‘photo/film opportunities;
• outline concerns we have about the proposal process so far;
• give access to individual landholders and their personal stories – what they stand to lose.

Eaglehawk Environment Group Contact details are:

• Stephen Cossey  Ph 8558 8285    moonhill@chariot.net.au
• Robert Cox Ph 0408 857500 rcox@chariot.net.au
• Margaret Martin Ph 8558 8271   martinga@penalvagold.net




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SEP 22 2003
https://www.windaction.org/posts/1493-what-s-been-killing-eagles-what-price-progress
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