American Bird Conservancy to Take Legal Action Over FWS 30-Year Eagle Kill Rule

Perching Bald EagleAmerican Bird Conservancy
(Washington, D.C., April 30, 2014) A leading bird conservation organization—American Bird Conservancy (ABC)—has announced its intention to sue the Department of the Interior (DOI), charging DOI with multiple violations of federal law in connection with its December 9, 2013, final regulation that allows wind energy companies and others to obtain 30-year permits to kill eagles without prosecution by the federal government. The previous rule provided for a maximum duration of five years for each permit.

ABC sent DOI and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) an April 30, 2014, Notice of Intent to Sue that cited DOI violations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) in connection with the new eagle kill rule. ABC is being represented by the Washington, D.C. public interest law firm of Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal.

“ABC has heard from thousands of citizens from across the country who are outraged that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to let the wind industry legally kill our country’s iconic Bald and Golden eagles. The rule lacks a firm foundation in scientific justification and was generated without the benefit of a full assessment of its impacts on eagle populations,” said Michael Hutchins, National Coordinator of ABC’s Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign. Read article

7 thoughts on “American Bird Conservancy to Take Legal Action Over FWS 30-Year Eagle Kill Rule

  1. Its a sad world we are living in. human health endangered species protected areas mean nothing. the only thing that matters is money.The all mighty dollar above all.

  2. The people that are doing this most certainly are in it for the money!! and also they have no moral compass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Dalton mcQuity shoved all this through as fast as he could here. Everyone should be ranting about this. Why in the world would anyone give a free pass for 30 yrs before another study can be done!

    Because its all an EPIC scandal and they know deep down its going to be damning long term devastation, in all areas not just this.

    yesterday, I saw for the first time an Eagle up the road. I often had heard of them around but hadn’t seen any myself. It was in a field close to the road having a tiff with some crows and even a turkey vulture over some kind of scraps the eagle had in its talons. Truly an awesome experience to see.

    But according to the wind companies “we don’t have any SIGNIFICANT wildlife around here!”
    I beg to differ! Those with no morals preach such crap, but I guess they don’t care as they are all foreign companies and will leave us behind as we watch our LOCAL wildlife fade.

    • Like I said before we are dealing with a government which has NO moral compass!! – we now have the chance to vote the bums out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! & I urge everyone to keep emailing and calling their MPP’s and MP;s and council members!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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