Wind farms get a pass on killing the bald eagle once the rule is finalized by Obama’s administration. The rule, which is due to be finalized in the near future gives the wind farms a pass for killing the bald eagle and the golden eagle and this rule would stay in place for decades to come, according to Fox News on Dec. 6.
If a wind farm unintentionally kills eagles they will not face any type of penalty. This new Interior Department rule will extend the length of the wind farm’s permit which can go anywhere from five to 30 years.
On Thursday the White House finalized their review on the rule, which also requires the wind farms to stay within certain guidelines to safeguard against the death of these eagles. Considering the nature of the mechanics of these wind farms, an eagle is bound to fly into the wind farm’s turbines, as will other birds.
If this does occur it is fairly obvious that the eagle won’t have much of a chance after a run-in with the propeller-like turbine, but the company won’t suffer any type of penalty when this happens.
Duke Energy was prosecuted last month for killing 14 golden eagles, which accidentally got sucked into the wind farm’s turbines while hunting prey. This is the first case that the administration prosecuted against an energy company for the death of these birds.
Duke Energy has agreed to pay $1 million for killing the birds over the past three years.
It looks like when the new rule is in place, this won’t be the case for these energy companies that own the wind farms. They will get a pass on the death of the eagles.
The killing of the bald and golden eagles is just one of the areas that environmental groups are asking the administration to do better research on. They want studies done on all the aspects of wind farming on the environment.
Federal biologists released a study citing the death of 67 golden and bald eagles due to the wind farms in 10 states since 2008.