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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Letter from wildlife groups says federal eagle permit rule gives wind developers ‘license to kill’


Concerned about the bald eagle population that nests along the St. Lawrence River, three conservation groups have joined together to oppose a federal rule allowing wind turbine operators to have a 30-year license to kill or injure the birds without penalty.
 Save the River and 1000 Islands Land Trust, both of Clayton, and the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative of Ontario endorsed a Feb. 18 letter sent to the U.S. Department of Interior that urges the agency to withdraw its rule approved last December. The federal agency decided to extend the lifespan of what are known as “eagle take permits” from five to 30 years.



Anonymous said...

Today, the Federal government allowing the killing of Bald Eagles by wind developers and operators is the modern equivalent of Federal and State authorities giving permits to Hooker Chemical fifty years ago to dump their contaminated waste in the Love Canal.

We never seem to learn from our past mistakes.

Anonymous said...

This letter is most welcome.

Save the River and TILT have not spoken out as quickly or as aggressively as they should have, and as I would have hoped.

But this letter is good.

Anonymous said...


Go to the PSC comments.