Exposed: Mass Audubon’s financial interest in Cape Wind

Exposed: Mass Audubon’s financial interest in Cape Wind

Mass Audubon is identified as a Minerals Management Service (MMS) identified "Key Partner" involved in the collection of avian data, analysis and commenting upon the same in the Cape Wind project environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA analysis should remain objective. However, Mass Audubon offered their "support" for Cape Wind during this project NEPA review in their 2006 press release called "Challenge".

“Challenge” condition of Mass Audubon's Cape Wind "support" is agency acceptance of Adaptive Management monitoring and mitigation (AM). Adaptive Management is an umbrella term for "monitoring", counting bird carcass and carcass parts caused by Cape Wind; and "mitigation", attempts to reduce harm to wildlife caused by this project. Challenge defines the AM service term, "beginning at the construction phase and continuing for at least three years post-construction", and source of funding, "monitoring and mitigation should be funded by Cape Wind".

U.S. Fish and Wildlife, with purview over the endangered species under the ESA Section 7 review process, provided their comments on Cape Wind on April 21, 2008 to then Cape Wind Project Manager of MMS on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS): "The current framework that MMS is proposing would forgo refinement of pre-construction study protocols and set in motion an adaptive management process that would be doomed to failure because effective techniques to perform post-construction monitoring simply do not exist."

Comparing similar AM contracts, and based on the duration of the term expressed in “Challenge”, the condition of Mass Audubon’s "support" for Cape Wind has a value of approximately $8 million dollars. Yet, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service comments to MMS challenge Mass Audubon's "support" condition of Cape Wind is "doomed to failure".

Confirming their financial interest in the outcome of the Cape Wind permitting process, Mass Audubon issued a June 25, 2010 press release stating that they will, “continue to analyze and report on Cape Wind through”,EMS adaptive management plan; and 4. Avian monitoring and mitigation plan implementation during the construction and three year post-construction phases of the project."

Mass Audubon's February 23, 2005 comments on the Cape Wind DEIS to then Cape Wind project manager state: "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."

Mass Audubon’s supports Cape Wind despite their staff scientists’ estimation the project will cause up to 6,600 avian mortalities per year. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service comments suggest Cape Wind represents immitigable harm to endangered and migratory wildlife. Interior Secretary Salazar has vowed that Best Science will form the basis of decisions regarding federal actions. However, the Cape Wind Record of Decision incorporates Mass Audubon’s bias, "support" for Cape Wind, in which Mass Audubon has expressed financial intent to implement the AM service, "funded by Cape Wind".

Barbara Durkin of Northboro, MA 01532 Telephone: (508) 612-4133

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Comment by Whetstone_Willy on September 1, 2010 at 1:07pm
He who pays the piper kills the sandpiper.
Comment by Ron Huber on September 1, 2010 at 12:58pm
Just as revolting, New Jersey Audubon has signed with the DeepCwind consortium (BIW, Prock Marine UMaine etc) to report on the existing birds & bats flying in the waters where the state hopes to set out its test windmills. Doubtless their fee is six figures or greater too. One can't help but think that he who pays the piper calls the tune. NJ Audubon is singing for its supper. What are their findings so far? Doubtless they are "confidential". Heh heh.


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