3/27/12

US Fish and Wildlife Service releases voluntary land-based Wind Energy Guidelines.


The United States Department of Interior has released voluntary guidelines for industrial wind developers to examine before they make a decision to place their bird and bat whacking white towers of testosterone in certain ecologically sensitive areas. Like Cape Vincent NY.

But will British Petroleum even read it? The only thing they have volunteered to do for Cape Vincent, thus far, is to offer to make more noise so that they could make more money.

In any event, here is what it says in the introduction to the U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service-approved voluntary Land-Based Wind Energy Guide:

As the Nation shifts to renewable energy production to supplant the need for carbon-based fuel, wind energy will be an important source of power. As wind energy production increases, both developers and wildlife agencies have recognized the need for a system to evaluate and address the potential negative impacts of wind energy projects on species of concern. These voluntary Guidelines provide a structured, scientific process for addressing wildlife conservation concerns at all stages of land-based wind energy development. They also promote effective communication among wind energy developers and federal, state, and local conservation agencies and tribes. When used in concert with appropriate regulatory tools, the Guidelines form the best practical approach for conserving species
of concern. The Guidelines have been developed by the Interior Department’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) working with the Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee.

The Guidelines discuss various risks to “species of concern” from wind energy projects, including collisions with wind turbines and associated infrastructure; loss
and degradation of habitat from turbines and infrastructure; fragmentation of large habitat blocks into smaller segments that may not support sensitive species; displacement and behavioral changes; and indirect effects such as increased predator populations or introduction of invasive plants. The Guidelines assist developers in identifying species of concern that may potentially be affected by their proposed project, including migratory birds; bats; bald and golden eagles and other birds of prey: prairie and sage grouse; 
and listed, proposed, or candidate endangered and threatened species. Wind energy development in some areas may be precluded by federal law; other areas may be inappropriate for development because they have been recognized as having high wildlife value based on their ecological rarity and intactness.

You can visit the U. Fish and Wildlife Service's industrial wind developers' voluntary guide to bird and bat whacking at this link.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bp

Please volunteer to close your CV office and go home.

Anonymous said...

This sounds all to familiar. Former N.Y. Attorney General Cuomo imposed a voluntary ethics code for wind developers,which accomplished very little towards ridding the process of unethical bias.
These guidelines will do little unless they are given some teeth and made mandatory.

Anonymous said...

It may be voluntary in America, but it will be mandatory in Cape Vincent!

It's a big deal said...

Actually, this is a significant event in the war against industrial wind's callous refusal to admit to their potential for serious bird and bat damage. The document (I have skimmed it and am now reading it more carefully.) points out serious impacts unless the industry cooperates.
The NY DEC should now be ashamed to issue taking permits to this reckless industry.

RWiley said...

As one reader has already pointed out to me, this is significant. A year ago many important conservation agencies were silent on any possibility of industrial wind impacts. They were standing down on their own guiding principles.

However, the impacts of industrial wind are no longer being ignored and are becoming a hot political issue. An issue which will become even hotter as more and more U.S. citizens recognize the impacts and ask themselves, "Are the tradeoffs for a questionable technology and failed business model worth it?"

Anonymous said...

"The NY DEC should now be ashamed to issue taking permits to this reckless industry."

The DEC should now be ashamed?

Anonymous said...

Are you saying there are some in the DEC who are ashamed?
Haven't they all rolled over for industrial wind and their bird and bat kills?

Anonymous said...

Your not out of the woods yet. Thanks to our wonderful NY State governor and democratic senators in Washington, DC we have an uphill battle to fight. BP has that ace in the whole and they'll play out their hand. It'll take a lot of votes to get them out of office.

Anonymous said...

Another irresponsible post by RWiley. As proven in the Gulf cleanup Bp is a leader in environmental concerns taking responsibility. Bp is welcome in the Cape.

Anonymous said...

The DEC has a lot of fancy stuff here. They spend a lot of our money but what good are they really. Ban wind. Ho Hum

Anonymous said...

Hey

A friend just got nailed having a fish a half inch to short. These wind bastards get to kill all they want. The DEC sucks.

Anonymous said...

12:32 you're right BP is a leader when it comes to environmental concerns.It leads the pack of serious violators. And it is definitely responsible-responsible for some of the most horrific environmental disasters in history.

BP may be welcome to you (and maybe Rich Edsall) but not to the rest of us. Take a hint BP and get out of our town!!