Thursday, August 04, 2011

Eagles killed by Wind farms

LA Times--

""An investigation has been launched into the deaths of migratory birds including several federally protected golden eagles at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Pine Tree Wind Project in the Tehachapi Mountains, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday.

Should the inquiry result in a prosecution, the 120-megawatt facility on 8,000 acres of rugged terrain would be the first wind farm to face charges under the Endangered Species Act, which could cause some rethinking and redesign of this booming alternative energy source.

Wildlife service spokeswoman Lois Grunwald declined to comment on what she called “an ongoing investigation regarding Pine Tree.” But Joe Ramallo, spokesman for the DWP, said, “We are very concerned about golden eagle mortalities that have occurred at Pine Tree. We have been working cooperatively and collaboratively with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Game to investigate these incidents.

“We have also actively and promptly self-reported raptor mortalities to both authorities,” he added. “Moving forward, we will be ramping up further our extensive field monitoring and will work with the agencies to develop an eagle conservation plan as part of more proactive efforts to monitor avian activities in the Pine Tree area.”"

The DWP bureaucrats should have made plans to prevent raptor deaths from the onset.

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Related: "Lawn-Cop: The Life and Times of Billy Snitchford". Snitchford, Poet Laureate of Palmdale, CA, has written an riveting account of his years as a reporter in SoCal, covering lawn and garden issues. Foreword by semi-famed sportswriter Brian "The Hog" Goldie, who once was invited to a party thrown by Tom Lasordid.

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