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November 23, 2013

Finally! One Bird Slaughterer Brought To Justice

FINALLY!

“WASHINGTON (AP) — A major U.S. power company has pleaded guilty to killing eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms and agreed to pay $1 million as part of the first enforcement of environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities.

Until the settlement announced Friday with Duke Energy Corp. and its renewable energy arm, not a single wind energy company had been prosecuted for a death of an eagle or other protected bird — even though each death is a violation of federal law, unless a company has a federal permit. Not a single wind energy facility has obtained a permit.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based company pleaded guilty to killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds at its Top of the World and Campbell Hill wind farms outside Casper, Wyo. All the deaths, which included golden eagles, hawks, blackbirds, wrens and sparrows, occurred from 2009 to 2013.

“Wind energy is not green if it is killing hundreds of thousands of birds,” said George Fenwick, president of the American Bird Conservancy, which supports properly sited wind farms. “The unfortunate reality is that the flagrant violations of the law seen in this case are widespread.””

 

(h/t Tom Nelson)

 

 

 

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14 Comments »

  1. So, how in hell are they supposed to keep birds and bats and pterodactyls for that matter, from flying into the blades? Maybe they could install giant whistles that sound off when the wind blows to scare these pesky critters away. What utter rubbish!

    Comment by Gary Meyers — November 23, 2013 @ 7:27 AM | Reply

    • Radar

      “As part of the agreement, Duke will continue to use field biologists to identify eagles and shut down turbines when they get too close.
      It will install new radar technology, similar to what is used in Afghanistan to track missiles.
      And it will continue to voluntarily report all eagle and bird deaths to the government.”

      Comment by sunshinehours1 — November 23, 2013 @ 8:50 AM | Reply

      • “As part of the agreement, Duke will continue to use field biologists to identify eagles and shut down turbines when they get too close.”

        That’s going to do wonders for the grid balance, isn’t it?

        Oh, and are they going to charge the customers for all this kit, these field biologists and these shut-downs?

        Comment by catweazle666 — November 23, 2013 @ 9:50 AM

      • Did you know there are numerous papers dedicated to coming up with a formula for guessing how many birds/bats killed by wind turbines are removed by scavengers in between bird death counts?

        “scavenger removal” is one of the key phrases.

        Comment by sunshinehours1 — November 23, 2013 @ 10:04 AM

  2. “So, how in hell are they supposed to keep birds and bats and pterodactyls for that matter, from flying into the blades?”

    By closing the worthless abominations down altogether and not building any more, of course.

    Comment by catweazle666 — November 23, 2013 @ 7:59 AM | Reply

  3. While I don’t have the answer to Gary’s question and reject catweazel’s answer, I would suggest that this fine is an important step in finding a solution. It increases the awareness that a problem exists and provides an incentive to find a solution. I would guess that when a solution is found it will reside in the hi-tech world and embody the principle that perfection is the enemy of good; a concept often lacking when environmental issues are argued.

    Comment by John Vonderlin — November 23, 2013 @ 9:05 AM | Reply

  4. This seems like a time tested design for a critter safe whirligig. Start from there.

    Comment by papertiger — November 23, 2013 @ 12:40 PM | Reply

    • Everything they have got is invested in the current bird whacking design. It would be an expensive venture to change horses in mid stream.

      Comment by Gary Meyers — November 23, 2013 @ 4:06 PM | Reply

      • I don’t give a flock. Tear it all down. Take it back to formula.

        If the Green Goblins don’t like it, they can take it up with Spiderman.

        Comment by papiertigre — November 26, 2013 @ 2:22 PM

  5. meanwhile, down in the Pincher Creek area, they continue to build those damn windmills, and not a peep out of the ‘environmental’ groups….meanwhile, a few ducks land in a tailings pond, and it gets INTERNATIONAL press…

    Comment by Lance — November 23, 2013 @ 3:27 PM | Reply

  6. Put up a scare-crow to keep the birds away.

    Comment by Scott Scarborough — November 23, 2013 @ 6:22 PM | Reply

  7. This one won’t kill any birds.

    http://www.northdevonjournal.co.uk/Atlantic-Array-plans-scrapped/story-20219467-detail/story.html

    Comment by catweazle666 — November 26, 2013 @ 3:49 PM | Reply


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