At least 67 golden and bald eagles have been killed in the last five years by wind farms. That is according to a report published in the Journal of Raptor Research discussed by the AP at “Alarming’ number of eagles killed by wind farms, new study finds.
But that’s just for starters.
That death count is small potatoes because it does not include the casualty count from the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area.
Continue reading “A: 67 nationwide plus 350 at Altamont. Q: How many eagles sliced and diced in five years?”
A 75 turbine wind-farm has been approved near the North Dakota/South Dakota border, south of Dickinson, southwest of Bismarck.
The zoning commission and county commission approved the farm Monday (9-9-13), according to an article in the Bismarck Tribune, Adams County approved $350 million mega-wind farm near Hettinger.
Continue reading “Slice-and-dice farm approved in North Dakota”
And as long as you didn’t really mean to off them.
The Los Angeles Times reports Companies won’t face charges in condor deaths.
The federal Fish and Wildlife Service told the operators of Terra-Gen Power’s wind farm in the heart of condor habitat they
…will not be prosecuted if their turbines accidentally kill a condor during the expected 30-year life span of the project.
Continue reading “It’s okay to kill California condors. As long as you are running a wind farm. Or building luxury homes. In the middle of condor habitat.”
I’ve written several articles on the toll that wind farms take on golden eagles, bald eagles, and other migratory birds.
Mr. Robert Bryce has another article in the Wall Street Journal – Windmills vs. Birds.
Golden and Bald Eagles along with sundry other raptors aren’t the only casualties.
Continue reading “More on selective enforcement of laws against killing raptors”
…if you operate a wind farm, that is.
I was mildly irritated with a wind farm in Minnesota that received permission to apply for a permit to set up a wind farm that will kill up to 15 eagles a year. I discussed the issue here.
Then I researched a Los Angeles Times article that reports U.S. probes golden eagles’ deaths at DWP wind farm
Now I’m even more irritated.
That article said the DWP wind farm in the Tehachapie Mountains has killed 8 golden eagles in the two years ending February 2012. That’s four a year done in by the 90 turbines in the wind farm.
Four a year is small potatoes compared to the staggering toll at the Altamont Pass wind farm in California.
Continue reading “Unrestricted slaughter of golden eagles is perfectly okay…”
Previous post mentioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave permission for a permit to move forward which would allow a wind farm in Goodhue County, Minnesota to kill up to 8 or 15 eagles a year for the next 30 years.
In addition to the uneconomical and unintended-consequence-causing energy that is produced, we are staring at a highly selective enforcement of federal laws against killing eagles and migratory birds.
Official permission to kill eagles?
Continue reading “Selective enforcement for killing protected birds”
You read that right.
Looks like it is possible to get permission from the feds to set up an operation that expects to kill several eagles every year for the next 3 decades. Thirty years.
What do you have to do to get blessing to file such a permit?
Continue reading “You can apply for a federal permit to kill a bunch of eagles”