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Nevada wind farm could face hefty fine over eagle death
Foxnews ^ | March 31, 2013 | Associated Press

Posted on 03/31/2013 12:48:40 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

May 21, 2012: Wind turbines operate at a wind farm near Milford, Utah. (Reuters)

ELY, Nev. –  An eastern Nevada wind farm could face a fine of up to $200,000 over the death of a golden eagle.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the bird's death at the Spring Valley Wind Farm near the Utah border, 350 miles east of Reno, spokesman Jeannie Stafford said.

San Francisco-based Pattern Energy, owner of the 152-megawatt wind energy project that sells power to Las Vegas-based NV Energy, turned over the dead eagle to federal authorities within 36 hours of its discovery in February.

Despite reporting the death, the wind farm could face a fine because it does not hold a federal "take" permit that would allow the incidental death of a golden or bald eagle, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Eagles receive special protection under federal law.

Scott Flaherty, spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Service's southwestern regional office in Sacramento, Calif., said wind energy projects are not required to obtain take permits, but those that don't open themselves up to investigation and possible prosecution under federal law.

Applying for a permit and engaging with the service before any eagles are killed "provides the best possible outcomes for the companies and the wildlife," Flaherty said.

"We really prefer that wind developers work with the Service early on in the process" to identify the best site for a farm and its individual turbines to reduce bird strikes, he told the Review-Journal.

The $225 million facility went online in August as the first utility-scale wind farm in Nevada and the first to be built on federal land anywhere in the United States.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: energy; greenenergy
It features 66 turbines, each roughly 400 feet tall, scattered over 7,500 acres in White Pine County's Spring Valley near Great Basin National Park.
1 posted on 03/31/2013 12:48:40 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
They should have just mauled a sea lion pup.

I hear you can get away with that these days.

2 posted on 03/31/2013 12:50:43 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
turned over the dead eagle to federal authorities within 36 hours of its discovery in February.

I guess they aren't aware of the three S's....... shoot, shovel, shut up.

3 posted on 03/31/2013 12:55:23 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Try doing anything else in a National Park!


4 posted on 03/31/2013 12:57:42 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Lefty tree-hugging Park Ranger thugs abusing Lefty tree-hugging wind farms operators.

Love it.


5 posted on 03/31/2013 1:04:14 PM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
take the fine out of the pay of whoever reported it...
6 posted on 03/31/2013 1:13:47 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
An eastern Nevada wind farm could face a fine of up to $200,000 over the death of a golden eagle.

I would imagine that a "take permit" would run you in the neighborhood of $250,000 so the developers did a cost/benefit analysis and so it goes...

Sooner or later they'll off a Golden Condor and then they'll really wish they'd have popped for the permit.

Regards,
GtG

7 posted on 03/31/2013 1:22:50 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: stinkerpot65

Me too!


8 posted on 03/31/2013 1:25:18 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This would all be ok if the utility employees gathered the shredded poultry downstream to feed to the starving victims of the Baraqqi Depression.


9 posted on 03/31/2013 1:25:47 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

10 posted on 03/31/2013 1:28:13 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

So if you get a federal take permit to allow an incidental death of a golden eagle, what kind of permit allows you to actually take an eagle intentionaly?

Do you need a separate take permit for every single type of endangered species? Do they come cheaper if you buy permits by the dozens, or is there an all inclusive take permit for non taking of species?

Is there an EPA take permit for EPA Fools? No, wait, they are not an endangered species...


11 posted on 03/31/2013 1:34:53 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

All agents of the feral government who encouraged and subsidized said wind farm should be fined and imprisoned.


12 posted on 03/31/2013 1:37:00 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
What do you mean they "COULD" face a fine???

Scroodat. Fine 'em already.

13 posted on 03/31/2013 1:37:21 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray
Sooner or later they'll off a Golden Condor goose and then they'll really wish they'd have popped for the permit.

There.

Fixed...

14 posted on 03/31/2013 1:38:58 PM PDT by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It was clearly suicide by wind turbine


15 posted on 03/31/2013 1:41:17 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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To: American in Israel

About six years ago in Germany...I was watching a documentary over the whole wind mill operation. It was surprising to me that a maintenance guy came out every day. But the camera guy caught this awkward moment...as the guy opened his trunk and got out a garbage bag. What he was doing as he approached the dozen windmills....was picking up the dead birds. Then the question came...you do this each day? Yes. And then he picked up around six birds from the previous day. You can do the math and figure the situation. That’s just one site....for one day.

Today in Germany....you have a small fringe group of Green guys who just absolutely are against windmills....because of the dead bird episode. Then another Green group is totally for the windmills because that’s the angle against nuke energy.


16 posted on 03/31/2013 1:44:11 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: umgud
I guess they aren't aware of the three S's

Beat me to it. Never ever admit anything.

17 posted on 03/31/2013 1:49:09 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Texas Eagle
What do you mean they "COULD" face a fine???

You know how it goes; if you are a good registered Democrat who contributes generously to all the good Democrat Campaigns and holds fund raisers in his elegantly decorated mansion for Obama, the local Rep and Senators you accumulate good will with the those that hold the dispensations powers.

18 posted on 03/31/2013 1:51:44 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Do seals really go clubbing ?

Bar hopping maybe ....


19 posted on 03/31/2013 2:01:55 PM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It’s a wind farm!

No, it’s a food processor!

It’s a wind farm!

Stop! You’re both right. It’s A Government Electric Chop-o-Matic Wind Turbine. It’ll julian bald eagles, and then generate the power you need to fry ‘em up.


20 posted on 03/31/2013 2:24:19 PM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The taxpayer will probably subsidize the fine, just like we subsidize the wind farm itself.


21 posted on 03/31/2013 2:34:08 PM PDT by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: umgud
I guess they aren't aware of the three S's....... shoot, shovel, shut up.

I think that in this case, it would be "Slap (with a turbine blade), Shovel, and Shut Up. :)

22 posted on 03/31/2013 2:35:24 PM PDT by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

So the Fish and Wildlife guys watch them build this thing, then go check on their permit and fine them? Sound like a set up to me....


23 posted on 03/31/2013 2:41:55 PM PDT by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Despite reporting the death, the wind farm could face a fine because it does not hold a federal "take" permit that would allow the incidental death of a golden or bald eagle, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The utility isn't in trouble for killing the endangered animal, it's in trouble for not getting a permit first. Yes, one must get a "permit" to take any of the King's animals.

The wind farm poached.

24 posted on 03/31/2013 2:47:42 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: American in Israel
Do you need a separate take permit for every single type of endangered species? Do they come cheaper if you buy permits by the dozens, or is there an all inclusive take permit for non taking of species?

Are they annual? Do they require paperwork sufficient to employ a lawyer full-time?

I must admit, I find the lefty vs lefty angle pretty amusing.

25 posted on 03/31/2013 2:52:53 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

And who really is going to pay the extortion “fine” ... the power users of course. Maybe there should be a multi-billon dollar grant to breed an eagle smart enough not to fly into spinning wind farm units.


26 posted on 03/31/2013 3:13:01 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Leveling the playing field for a Progressive is dragging everyone down to their level.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Give me a friggin break.

Sure they are going to kill an Eagle every now and then.

Does the Gubmint expect them to have a guy standing out there with a sign warning Eagles not to fly there?
Do they want these things or not, If they want them they have to accept a casualty every now and then.

Just like when a bird flies into the grill of a car


27 posted on 03/31/2013 3:19:27 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Interior Looks to Expand Permits for Killing Bald Eagles to Accommodate Wind Energy
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2883522/posts

Feds propose allowing wind-farm developer to kill golden eagles
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2828782/posts

Maybe Planned Parenthood could throw some babies up there and get a two-fer.


28 posted on 03/31/2013 4:37:26 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

Thanks for adding the links.


29 posted on 03/31/2013 6:13:33 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; Fred Nerks; Carry_Okie; blam; Lorianne; Twotone; bigbob; NormsRevenge; ...

Green energy ping.


30 posted on 03/31/2013 6:14:52 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This must please the liberal minds considerably.


31 posted on 03/31/2013 6:33:09 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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To: umgud

I guess they aren’t aware of the three S’s....... shoot, shovel, shut up.


Sounds suspiciously akin to an out reach to democrats plan I heard about....


32 posted on 03/31/2013 8:05:10 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 ( Nothing so vexes me as a democrap above ground...ENFORCE THE BILL OF RIGHTS. (It's the Law))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

countersue fedgov. one of their eagles flew into and damaged one of their turbines.


33 posted on 03/31/2013 8:28:42 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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