[mou] Fw: [NEBirds] FW: [BIRDCHAT] New WindPower Kill numbers relaesed
stivland at cpinternet.com
Sun Feb 3 13:02:54 CST 2008
As an NEBirds (Nebraska birding listserve) member, I received the following
post. One disclaimer: I make no political statement, take no position on
windpower, and advocate no position. I forward it for everyone's
consideration in an ongoing discussion of alternative energy sources. Take
it as one data point for whatever you think it is worth.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marty L Mathieson" <mmathieson at charter.net>
To: <NEBirds at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2008 10:40 PM
Subject: [NEBirds] FW: [BIRDCHAT] New WindPower Kill numbers relaesed
This is a subject dear to my heart....Marty Mathieson, Eastern Buffalo
From: National Birding Hotline Cooperative (Chat Line)
[mailto:BIRDCHAT at LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU] On Behalf Of Richard Cimino
Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2008 12:58 AM
To: BIRDCHAT at LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: [BIRDCHAT] New WindPower Kill numbers relaesed
The Livermore California Wind Turbine Farm - Altamont Pass Scientific
Review Committee has published a report on the bird fatalities at Altamont
wind turbines over the past two years, Bird Fatality Study at Altamont Pass
Wind Resource Area October 2005 to September 2007.
The SRC estimated that 2,421 raptors were killed each year in the entire
Altamont Pass during October 2005 and September 2007, including an estimated
1,258 burrowing owls, 442 American kestrels, 327 red-tailed hawks, and 57
golden eagles annually.
Compare these numbers to Smallwood and Thelander's revised estimates of
raptor mortality at Altamont from 1998-2003; annual mortality of 1,127 total
raptors, including 440 burrowing owls, 348 American kestrels, 188
red-tailed hawks and 67 golden eagles. The massive level of raptor mortality
Altamont Pass has clearly not gone down since the settlement agreement and
in fact may have gone up dramatically. The massive kills of burrowing owls
are a severe problem.
Again I'd like to call everyone attention to the fact that the Wind Power
Industry refuses to count song bird deaths. Also FPL (Florida Power
/Light ) has begin stone walling the mandated court
ordered mitigation efforts. FPL has recently reported a 16% FY2007 lost of
revenue of its southeastern coal fire power plant operations.
Looks like the FPL California wind turbine operations is their only money
maker at the expensive of our raptors, eagles and owls + many other
Alameda County, Cal.
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