Posts tagged: Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act

Colorado Birds Receive Protection Against Wind Turbines

The US’ first wind energy legislation to protect birds against wind energy and other renewable energy has been passed. The Bird Protection Act will come into force in January 2015, requiring energy producers to ensure that their facilities protect birds and other wildlife. The bill – drafted by State Senator David Balmer – referenced a […]

Bye Bye Birdie

Two former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigators tell National Review Online that the federal government acted with a bias, giving renewable-energy companies a pass on unlawful bird deaths while rigorously prosecuting traditional energy companies for the same infractions. “If birds were electrocuted or in oil pits, we prosecuted those companies,” says Tim Eicher, a […]

Review of 30-Year Eagle Take Rule

In a nine-page comment letter, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) not only raises numerous objections to the 30-year eagle take rule but offers an 18-point plan the organization says constitutes a scientifically credible, transparent permitting process for wind energy development. ABC’s comments were submitted to FWS as part of the agency’s effort to engage the public […]

Critics of Wind Power Blame Feds for Killing and Chopping Up Eagles

Wind industry insiders call it a “turbine collision,” though the feds prefer “non-purposeful take.” But critics such as Sharon Klemm get real on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife website: “Why don’t you call it what it is? Shooting eagles. Killing Eagles. Murdering Eagles.” The backlash over a controversial 2013 USFWS rule exempting wind farms from prosecution for […]

Bird Conservancy Files Suit Against Wind Turbines

The American Bird Conservancy has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, charging the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with “multiple violations of federal law” in granting wind turbine permits. At issue is the FWS’s controversial proposed rule that would allow wind power facilities to kill protected golden and bald eagles for periods of up […]

The Balance Between Wind Power and Eagles

Mankind’s inventions have meant trouble for wildlife in many ways, from air fouled by factories to the ground polluted by pesticides. Wind and solar energy production also impact nature and we need to know more about these evolving technologies. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is encouraging windmill companies to apply for permits that require […]

Wind Farm Gets a Pass on Killing Eagles In Order to Save Them

A California wind farm will be the first in the nation to take advantage of a new federal policy that allows it to inadvertently kill legally-protected eagles without paying a penalty. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced last week that the 3,500-acre Shiloh IV Wind Project near Rio Vista in Solano County is […]

Eagles Killed by Palm Springs Windmills Raise Concerns

When eagles fly over San Gorgonio Pass, they confront a barrage of deadly obstacles among the whirring blades of windmills. It’s unclear how many birds are killed, but federal officials say the wind turbines here and at other wind farms are taking a significant toll. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has received […]