Iberdrola Renewables sues to block bird death data release

trade secretsSandusky Register, Tom Jackson
OAK HARBOR — An Ohio wind farm has filed a lawsuit against two state agencies, hoping to conceal the number of bird deaths that are being caused by its operation.

The legal dispute was generated by an Ottawa County birding organization, the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Oak Harbor, which contends that bird death data held by both federal and state agencies is public information. Blue Creek Wind Farm LLC, which operates a wind farm in Van Wert and Paulding counties in Ohio and Allen County, Indiana, says releasing its bird and bat kill reports would provide “trade secrets” to its competitors.

Blue Creek filed the lawsuit in May in Franklin County Common Pleas Court against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Power Siting Board. The lawsuit seeks a court order to block the two state agencies from releasing the company’s reports on bird and bat kills.

Blue Creek met with Black Swamp officials last year and released some of its data in an unsuccessful attempt to placate the birding group.

The release of public information sought by Black Swamp would allow everyone to know the trade-off between developing renewable energy and killing birds and bats, said Kim Kaufman, executive director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory.

“In a way, the public information acts keep everybody honest,” she said. Read article

6 thoughts on “Iberdrola Renewables sues to block bird death data release

  1. F. Nansen Institute, Norway, 4/2003

    “The role of Green NGOs in Promoting Climate Compliance”

    A 20 + page report.

    Scroll down to Access to Negotiations and Delegations

    P.8
    On formulating policy options on climate change, Audubon Society is included.

    http://www.fni.no/pdf/rapp0403.pdf

    This report explains how this whole thing works and it comes from a European source and not Canada or the U.S.

    • I wonder if the recent referendum in Britain will affect the public policy options on climate change. From the comments at wattsupwiththat.com on this aspect of the breakthrough, things sound hopeful in this regard.

      As for the bird death issue, I’ve read that the wind companies wait until after the local coyotes have hauled them away to do their count. I’ve actually seen this happening. I’ve also read that the blades throw the bodies outside of the circumference of the circle they use to do their count, if indeed they even bother to do it. Is this true?

      • Nothing can be confirmed without proof. Access to IWT sites are restricted.

        The information via Norway about the Audubon Society is a good indication as to why the North American Bird Treaty is not being enforced in the U.S.

        Canadians can’t do anything about this but the Canadian government could at least raise an objection to this.

        Too bad we have to find European information for discovery.

        A French government website revealed what took place in Canada and the U.S. prior to COP 21.

        Germany for the post COP 21 information on “the energy plan” which can be compared to Ontario’s new “energy plan”.

  2. FYI

    AMA/ American Medical Association, June 14, 2016

    ‘AMA Adopts Community Guidance to Reduce Harmful Human and Environmental Effects of High Intensity Street Lighting’

    “High-intensity LED lighting designs emit a large amount of blue light that appears white to the naked eye and creates worse nighttime glare than conventional lighting’

    “Discomfort and disability from intense blue-rich LED lighting can depress visual acuity and safety, resulting in concerns and creating a road hazard.”

    “In addition to its impact on drivers, blue-rich LED street lighting operates at a wavelength that most adversely suppresses melatonin.”

    “Excessive outdoor lighting disrupts many species that need a dark environment.”

    For more on this: http://www.ama-assn.org Use search and enter: “street lighting” for the link to the article.

    Can’t locate a direct link to this AMA article. Or use article title for internet search.

    • The above AMA article relates to conservation of electricity but at what COST to humans and their health and safety?

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