This headline must surely be sarcastic! What exactly is the "good news for eagles"? Once again, and for years and years into the future, the environmentalists do not have to follow the rules about killing thousands of birds, while the mining industry faces huge fines for killing just one bird. The logging industry is also heavily penalized, while the greenies get off scott free. Where is the outcry from birders? Why do we applaud this ruling??
Holly Walton-Buchanan, Ph.D.
Mt. Judah Consulting
PO Box 1749
Reno, NV 89505
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Sent: Thu, Dec 15, 2016 10:16 am
Subject: Fw: Good News For Eagles!
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday finalized a rule that lets wind-energy companies operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years — even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.
Under the new rule, wind companies and other power providers will not face a penalty if they kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles, nearly four times the current limit. Deaths of the more rare golden eagles would be allowed without penalty so long as companies minimize losses by taking steps such as retrofitting power poles to reduce the risk of electrocution....
Michael Hutchins of the American Bird Conservancy said Wednesday that his group has "some serious concerns" that the new rule will not do not enough to sustain populations of threatened eagles.
Still, Hutchins said, he is encouraged that the rule requires independent contractors to provide data on bird kills to the government, rather than allowing energy companies to submit the information. He also praised a requirement for greater public reporting of data on the numbers of birds killed by wind turbines.
Permits issued by the government would be reviewed every five years, and companies would have to submit reports of how many eagles they kill.
Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, said the industry was still reading the final rule, but said wind companies "strongly support its core purpose — eagle conservation."...