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Wind energy company fined $2.5 million for impact to birds

Wind farms such as the one shown above at Altamont Pass in California are killing hundreds of thousands of birds each year, according to the American Bird Conservancy. Wind turbines -- depending on their size, location and speed of the blades -- have been identified as a lethal threat to birds and bats. (Photo: Mike Parr / American Bird Conservancy)
Wind farms such as the one shown above at Altamont Pass in California are killing hundreds of thousands of birds each year, according to the American Bird Conservancy. Wind turbines -- depending on their size, location and speed of the blades -- have been identified as a lethal threat to birds and bats. (Photo: Mike Parr / American Bird Conservancy)

WILDLIFE -- Another step in the developing bird crisis... Call it Gone with the Wind:

Company to pay $2.5M for protected birds killed at Wyoming wind farms
PacifiCorp Energy, a subsidiary of Oregon-based PacifiCorp, will pay $2.5-million in fines for the deaths of 38 golden eagles and 336 other protected birds at its wind farms in Wyoming's Converse and Converse counties between 2009 and this year.
--Portland Oregonian




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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