“Bird Chopper” wind farm fined millions in US for killing hundreds of birds

As is usual the “green” energy solutions proposed by the green taliban adherents are actually as far from being green as is possible.

A wind farm in the US has copped millions in fines for chopping up hundreds of birds including nearly 40 golden eagles.

Breitbart reports:

Power company PacifiCorp will cough up $2.5 million in fines after its Wyoming wind farm was found to have killed 38 golden eagles and 336 other protected birds.

The Justice Department prosecuted the company’s green energy project, asserting that the company failed to build the windmills in a way that would minimize the threat to endangered birds.

“PacifiCorp Energy built two of its Wyoming wind projects in a manner it knew would likely result in the deaths of eagles and other protected birds,” said Sam Hirsch, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division in a statement in December.

PacifiCorp pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this month, according to the Associated Press.   

According to the Justice Department, power companies should work with the United States Fish and Wildlife services to properly develop their wind turbines in a way that is sensitive to the local wildlife.

The Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines issued by the Fish and Wildlife Service call for power companies to spend time “surveying the wildlife present in the proposed project area, consulting with agency professionals” before constructing wind turbines.

“Improperly sited and operated wind energy facilities can kill significant numbers of federally protected birds and other species,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, in a statement. “That’s why it’s imperative that wind energy developers work with the Fish and Wildlife Service to minimize these impacts at every stage in the process.”

The company will pay $400,000 to the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund and $200,000 in restitution to the State of Wyoming. The company will also pay $1.9 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as part of its community service.

According to the Justice Department, the company must implement “a migratory bird compliance plan containing specific measures to avoid and minimize golden eagle and other avian wildlife mortalities at the company’s four commercial wind projects in Wyoming.”

I think they will have to shut it down…there is no way they are going to be able to divert migrating birds.

The video above is not in Wyoming but it highlights the bird smashing ability of wind power.

 

– Breitbart

 


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  • Wallace Westland

    38 Golden Eagles! Their national bird and their presidential seal. And a genuinely endangered species. That is truly appalling.
    I wonder how the green Taliban here would feel if it was 38 Blue Ducks?
    Wind farms. The biggest con since Mohammad’s 72 virgins in paradise.

    • Rodger T

      Wildlife takes the back seat in Greenie dogma unless it can be used to further the cause and then it is very precious but get in the way of the sacred totem poles of wind power it`s tough bikkies.

    • Tom

      I believe last week a flying Taniwha got caught in the wind farm in the Manawatu. Wow bet that’ll turn into a biggie.

  • Nick

    So where’s all the concern for the 3 billion birds killed by domestic cats in the USA? Or the hundreds of millions of birds which die in collisions with buildings, cars, communication towers and power lines? This smacks of an over eager willingness to jump down the throat of any green initiative. You can argue that wind farms aren’t very efficient, and they probably aren’t at the moment, but I believe that given that given time and effort these types of natural energy harvesting devices will eventually deliver cheap energy to many people. And with less impact on bird life than, say, the thousands, if not millions, of trucks used to delver fuel and coal.

    Edit: Number of birds killed by cats

39%