As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday 5 April 2014

Congress challenges EPA over wind power “free pass to kill eagles”

By Jack Minor –

House Republicans are seeking information on whether the Obama administration is once again choosing which laws to enforce or not by granting what are essentially waivers to wind energy farms to kill eagles while fining oil and gas companies for similar deaths.

Forbes reported that on March 11, a subpoena was issued to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the House Natural Resources Committee over documents related to the Migratory Bird Act Treaty and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The records requested include every case file for each incident that has occurred since 2009.

The issue came up as a result of recent revelations that the Obama administration was going to essentially be giving wind farms an exemption from the law for eagles that die from flying into the fast moving blades. The president has long heralded wind energy as an alternative to the current oil and gas industry.

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