Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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.