US firm Duke Energy pays out over wind farm eagle deaths
Saturday, November 23 2013 @ 08:45 AM EST
Contributed by: jkr
22 November 2013 bbc.co.uk
A huge US energy supplier has agreed to pay out 1 million dollars over the deaths of golden eagles at two wind farms.
Duke Energy Renewables agreed to the sum after pleading guilty to charges over the deaths of 14 eagles in the past three years at the Wyoming sites.
It is the first time the Obama administration has taken action against a wind energy company in such a case, the AP news agency report.
The fines will go to wildlife and wetlands conservation bodies.
The charges were brought under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which protects golden eagles as well as other species.