9/19/2011

The Great Bird Slaughter - 440K Birds Killed By "Green" Wind Turbines in 2009

Does it make a difference how a bird dies? In the eyes of the federal government it does.  Apparently, if it is killed by an "earth-friendly" wind turbine, there is no foul.  But, if it the bird is killed by that insidious stuff called oil, it lands you a huge fine.
Maybe the Fish & Wildlife service can explain what "acceptable losses" are in the war on climate change and Big Oil.

So, what’s the life of a bird worth? If you’re Big Oil it can range from $7,000 to $20,000 per bird. Yet, if you’re wind energy, it costs nothing

Golden Eagle at Altamont Pass, CA
Bird Death Fines Depend On Who Kills The Birds - Jack Dini Monday, September 19, 2011 Oil companies face heavy fines: Wind farms get a free pass

Seven oil companies have recently been charged in federal court with killing migratory birds that died after allegedly landing in oil waste pits in western North Dakota. The charges involve 28 dead birds that were discovered in oil waste pits between May 6 and June 20. The maximum penalty for each charge under the Migratory Bird Act is six months in prison and a $15,000 fine. (1)


There’s more: In July 2009, Pacificorp agreed to pay $10.5 million in fines, restitution and equipment upgrade costs for the deaths of at least 232 golden eagles, 46 hawks, 50 owls and nearly 200 other birds that had been electrocuted in Wyoming since January 2007. The cost per bird computes to a little less than $20,000. (2) “On August 13, 2009, ExxonMobil pled guilty in federal court to charges that it killed 85 birds—all of which were protected under the Migratory Bird Act. The company agreed to pay $600,000 in fines and fees for the bird kills, which occurred after the animals came in contact with hydrocarbons in uncovered tanks and waste water facilities on company properties located in five western states,” reports Robert Bryce. Each bird kill cost the company over $7,000. (3)
Read More at Canada Free Press

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