Rich Keller, Editor, Ag Professional | December 2, 2013
A wind farm energy company has agreed to pay $1 million in fines, restitution and community service because it erected wind generators in Wyoming and didn’t do enough to not kill migratory birds, including 14 golden eagles, according to a report by the E&E news service written by Phil Taylor.
The fine is only part of a plea agreement submitted to the U.S. District Court of Wyoming between Duke Energy Corporation based in North Carolina and the federal Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division. Duke Energy must implement an environmental compliance plan to prevent future bird deaths. The company is also on five years of probation. The company says it will be spending $600,000 per year implementing its compliance plan. Company representatives will also be meeting with representatives of the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to “develop adaptive mitigation measures.”