Green-energy turbines get right to kill 4,200 eagles every year
The quest for green energy brings with it a bloody downside for America’s national symbol.
Bald and golden eagles may be legally killed or injured in the thousands by high-speed turbines (reaching speeds up to 170 mph), under new regulations released Wednesday by the Obama administration.
The rules, which affect individual wind-energy companies that plan to operate the technology for up to 30 years, allows up to 4,200 of the birds to perish. Enforcement by federal officials is set to begin in January prior to President Obama’s last day in office.
Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said in a statement that officials were trying to find a happy medium between encouraging green energy and protecting the beloved birds. The U.S. population of bald eagles stands at roughly 143,000, while the Fish and Wildlife Service puts the number of golden eagles at 40,000.
Michael Hutchins of the American Bird Conservancy said he had “serious concerns” of the regulations, but said he was happy that companies must hire independent contractors to provide data on bird kills.