Statements made by USFWS Agents before the 1999 Freedom of Information Act became law

This information posted below pertaining to the National Eagle Repository (1974-1997) and the Denver Eagle Repository (1997-today) is very important because this information from USFWS agents come from a time before wind energy developments invaded the land.  Another thing that is very clear from these early statements, the FWS has known for decades exactly what is killing America's eagles.                           

In November of 1997 when California had most of America's installed wind energy and a healthy  population of eagles, the FWS made another disclosure. They listed wind turbines as a new primary cause of death for the repository's eagles(read below).  The turbines of California were supplying From California a new That year the Repository received just over 1000 eagle carcasses.           

Wind turbines installed in eagle habitat will always kill eagles and there are no exceptions. I know it and so does the Interior department. It was even proven in the 1990's that wind turbines killed golden eagles at a rate 3 1/2 times higher than electrocution and were their number one killer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   After the1999 Freedom of Information Act became law  and USFWS agents were gagged with new non disclosure regulations this agency has not been able to disclose information pertaining to wind turbine mortality. Today the Repository receives at least 2500 eagles or severed parts of eagles each year. For more information about the Wind industry, the FWS, and their plans to kill 6200 golden and bald eagles a year............ read "The Harvest of Eagles".                                             

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Comment by Kathy Sherman on May 19, 2016 at 8:37am
USFWS is still advocating some protection such as in Michigan's Thumb where developers continue tired arguments of this or that (for Huron County it is farming per se) kills more birds. FWS seems not to have retreated from 2003 position that 3 miles inland to 3 miles off coast should be no-go for wind energy development. I don't know what they have to say about massive offshore wind planned along the east coast, especially south of Martha's Vineyard and other leased blocks toward Long Island. The developments potentially block access to important "rest stops" for migratory birds, and one would think bats, as well as those who "summer" and breed on that island, Monomoy, and other coastal islands.

One of the emblomatic raptors of northeast Atlantic is the osprey. We know from research on Searsburg's smaller rotor, shorter tower facility that ospreys do not avoid wind turbines. At least 2 juvenile osprey have been killed by the very minimal wind energy "penetration" that we have in Massachusetts. I don't know the millions spent to restore and protect osprey to aid recovery from what all raptors were decimated by - DDT - but it is a lot. Eagles are coming back too, and there is a hope and spiritual uplift for all raptors making recovery despite habitat loss etc.

How about supporting any good advocacy coming out of "environmental protection" agencies and requiring the independent research and transparency detailed by National Acad Sci/ natl research council report of 2007?? GAO requested it. We must have paid for it.

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/

 

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

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(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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