Permitting More Wind Energy Eagle Deaths

by Tripp Parks, Policy Analyst on May 13, 2016 - 7:34am

It appears the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) doesn’t believe what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Last week FWS announced an expansion of its take rule that allows wind energy companies to kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles each year, and also to kill or injure golden eagles if companies commit to mitigation. The current population estimates are about 143,000 bald eagles and 40,000 golden eagles.

Yet greater sage grouse with a population of 425,000, over ten times higher than that of golden eagles, requires draconian restrictions in federal land use plans that barely allow oil and natural gas companies to operate in grouse habitat, much less kill a bird.  

Speaking of eagles, contrast the threat of wind turbines to oil and natural gas equipment.
This bald eagle is nesting with its hatchlings within feet of a pumpjack near Longmont, Colo.