Must Read: MAPLE RIDGE WIND POWER AVIAN AND BAT FATALITY STUDY REPORT

Posted on behalf of wildlife expert Jim Wiegand:

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Maple_Ridge_Review_8_7.pdf

A scientific review of the Maple Ridge, New York wind turbine mortality studies

This comment and the attachment are very important. The people New York need to understand the caliber of the research being conducted on behalf of the wind industry. This unscientific research is and has been concealing significant turbine mortality impacts to species. The mortality studies from Maple Ridge are being used to estimate coming the mortality impacts from new wind projects like Horse Creek and Galloo Island. The estimates are not accurate or truthful.

If these projects are approved, it will have come from the State of New York accepting studies with absurd study methodologies that don't come close meeting Article 10 standards. I have looked over Article 10, it does not state anywhere that studies conducted on behalf of developers, are allowed to hide obvious facts or impacts with deceptive unscientific study methodologies.

I recommend that everyone read my scientific analysis of the severely flawed Maple Ridge research because this 3 year study, does not disclose obvious facts and impacts due to unscientific study methodologies.

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Comment by Jim Wiegand on August 7, 2017 at 6:00pm

It should be very clear to all, that these lying insider dirtbags make it up as they go along.  That's what the new rule allowing industry to kill 4200 bald eagle each year was all about.

Comment by Eskutassis on August 7, 2017 at 4:59pm

Get used to it. As long as our socialist governments both Federal and State continue to pour our tax dollars, dollars that could be used for real growth and infrastructure, providing REAL jobs and prosperity, into useless projects like this, we are doomed to a declining Nation. These people are worse than Bernie Maddoff and Enron. AT least those "investors" knew the investments were tenuous, but the scammers sucking the tax dollars down now are lying through their teeth about the benefits of wind and solar.

Comment by Barbara Durkin on August 7, 2017 at 4:40pm

The engineered collapse of species protections begins at the top of the federal food chain...

When the US Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Advisory Committee was formed Dirk Kempthorne, then Department of Interior chief, appointed Taber Allison of Massachusetts Audubon to serve as Advisor.

The wind industry is killing our birds because the DOJ fails to enforce species protections against wind developers. 
 
The following pertains to an admitted and published violation of the MBTA. 
 
 
August 25, 2009
 
 
 
Christopher E. Dowd
Resident Agent in Charge - New England
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Office of Law Enforcement
70 Everett Avenue Suite 315
Chelsea, MA 02150
(617) 889-6616 (Ext. 15)
FAX (617) 889-1980
 
Dear Agent Dowd:
 
Thank you for your response regarding the violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act confirmed by Lucy Vlietstra Associate Professor of Marine Science at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. I was present when the death of an Osprey by Mass Maritime 660 kilowatt turbine was confirmed by Ms. Vlietstra at the November 14, 2007 Wind Turbines Impacts on Wildlife seminar conducted by FAC member Taber Allison of MA Audubon, and Ms. Vietstra.
 
I am gravely concerned that the Osprey mortality by one WTG in the vicinity of the proposed Cape Wind project is a harbinger of what should be reasonably anticipated an avoided as the mortality of up to 6,600 birds per year by Cape Wind's 130 proposed WTGs. (see MA Audubon's testimony to USACE provided with link below)
 
My understanding is that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is a strict liability statute. 
 
Will you please kindly confirm if your office intends to investigate this event reported by Professor Vlietstra? {cut}
 

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November 24, 2007

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From Bjdurk@aol.com
To Rachel_London@fws.gov
Subject Please enter my comments into the record RE: FAC draft v. 4
Date Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:42:40 EDT

September 23, 2009

 

Rachel London
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation
4401 N. Fairfax Dr., Room 840
Arlington, VA  22203

Dear Ms. London:

 

Please enter my comments into the record in response to the Wind Turbine FAC draft v. 4 of the Guidelines. 

 

The Wall Street Journal and USA Today have recently published contributions regarding the unacceptable high levels of avian and bat mortalities by wind turbines.  A disturbing fact these articles highlighted is that the Department of Justice fails to enforce strict liability statutes, like the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, when these species laws are violated by wind turbine operators.  Such selective enforcement by the DOJ undermines efforts to protect the Public Trust. 

 

Another cited criticism that I consider falls on the Wind Turbine Siting Advisory Committee is that wind turbine siting guidelines continue as optional observance by wind developers.  It is abundantly clear that your FAC ignores Best Science as it limits development potential for wind developers. If this FAC was acting in the interest of bird and bat life, these guidelines would be mandated to reflect Best Science.  Best Science offered to your FAC indicates optional WTG siting guidelines continue to be summarily dismissed by the wind industry. 

 

As you are aware, I have contested the appointment of Taber Allison of MA Audubon to your Advisory Committee by former Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, unsuccessfully.  I believe your FAC only has the integrity of the 22 members who comprise it.  In FAC appointee Taber Allison’s case, he flatly denied MA Audubon’s testimony on bird kill estimates by Cape Wind, by MA Audubon staff scientists, in writing.  To make matters worse, Taber Allison and Jack Clarke of MA Audubon launched a public relations campaign for Cape Wind as they upstaged the federal regulator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, during their evaluation of Cape Wind project impacts under the Section 7 permit consultation review process.

   

MA Audubon is identified as a “Key Partner” in the Cape Wind NEPA permit review process by MMS.  You are indeed aware that NEPA analysis should preclude the involved from taking on a project advocacy position.  Taber Allison, none-the-less, undermined the “world’s largest” NEPA review of the “U.S. first” offshore wind project when he became the Cape Wind media darling.  Taber Allison of MA Audubon is consistently contradicted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife that dutifully avoided the media during their Section 7 consultation process in the Cape Wind NEPA review.   

 

Mass Audubon's testimony on Cape Wind to the USACE:

The President of Mass Audubon, Laura A. Johnson, submitted Mass Audubon's comments on the Cape Wind DEIS on February 23, 2005; to Ms. Karen Kirk Adams, the Cape Wind Energy Project Manager U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District -- Reference File No. NAE-2004-338-1, EOEA No. 12643:

"By utilizing other bird mortality data provided in the DEIS, Mass Audubon staff scientists arrived at avian mortalities that ranged from 2,300 to 6,600 collision deaths per year."

http://www.massaudubon.org/PDF/CapeWindDEIS.pdf

Taber Allison flatly denies MA Audubon's testimony on bird kill by Cape Wind made to federal regulators, in writing:

 

Excepts that are relevant with links provided to full opinions/letters: 

 

SouthCoastToday 7/25/06 LTE-MA Audubon is inconsistent

 

http://archive.southcoasttoday.com/daily/07-06/07-26-06/06opinion.htm

 

"MA Audubon's staff scientists have concluded that up to 6,600 birds per year would be killed if Cape Wind is permitted in testimony."

"MA Audubon has challenged Cape Wind to accept an Adaptive Management Plan that includes rigorous monitoring, beginning at the construction phase and continuing at least three years post construction; to be funded by Cape Wind; with contributions from independent institutions and government agencies as appropriate.

I wish to challenge MA Audubon to answer one question: What agency do they suggest should be eligible to bid on, or awarded this lucrative, long-term monitoring contract if Cape Wind is permitted in Nantucket Sound?"

BARBARA DURKIN
Northboro

Taber Allison of Mass Audubon responds: http://archive.southcoasttoday.com/daily/11-06/11-21-06/07opinion.htm

SouthCoastToday: 8/03/06

"Mass Audubon scientists have never concluded that up to 6,600 birds, or any number of birds, would be killed if this project is permitted."

"We don't understand Ms. Durkin's closing question."

TABER D. ALLISON
Lincoln

SouthCoastToday 8/16/06  http://archive.southcoasttoday.com/daily/08-06/08-16-06/08opinion.htm

'Conflicting data on collision risks for birds'

"In his letter titled "Letter writer gets bird facts wrong," Taber Allison presents a misleading and untrue statement regarding Barbara Durkin's comments in her letter to the editor on July 25 titled "Mass. Audubon is inconsistent."

"I did, and my conclusion is that Allison misrepresents the truth and seems to be attempting to rewrite history."

DONA TRACY
Osterville

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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