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Wind energy company pleads guilty to eagle deaths

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Associated Press
FILE - In this April 18, 2013, file photo, a golden eagle is seen flying over a wind turbine on Duke energy's top of the world wind farm in Converse County Wyo. For the first time, the Obama administration is taking action against wind farms for killing eagles. In a settlement announced Friday, Nov. 22, Duke Energy will pay $1 million for killing 14 golden eagles over the past three years at two Wyoming wind farms. The company says it pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. (AP Photo/Dina Cappiello, File)
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FILE - In this April 18, 2013, file photo, a golden eagle is seen flying over a wind turbine on Duke energy's top of the world wind farm in Converse County Wyo. For the first time, the Obama administration is taking action against wind farms for killing eagles. In a settlement announced Friday, Nov. 22, Duke Energy will pay $1 million for killing 14 golden eagles over the past three years at two Wyoming wind farms. The company says it pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. (AP Photo/Dina Cappiello, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government for the first time has enforced environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities, winning a $1 million settlement Friday from a power company that pleaded guilty to killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds at two Wyoming wind farms.

The Obama administration has championed pollution-free wind power and used the same law against oil companies and power companies for drowning and electrocuting birds. The case against Duke Energy Corp. and its renewable energy arm was the first prosecuted under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act against a wind energy company.

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http://news.yahoo.com/wind-energy-company-pleads-guilty-eagle-deaths-215603008--politics.html

 

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US firm Duke Energy pays out over wind farm eagle deaths

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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.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25058346

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Eagles, Eagles, Eagles Everywhere

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Eagles, eagles, eagles everywhere -- was my line but as of today I have to amend that: Eagles and Salmon, Eagles and Salmon and Eagles and Salmon and PEOPLE everywhere! Wow!

The 18th Annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival was incredible. Twice the number of eagles heard of the buffet being offered and appeared. The salmon, live spawning and already dead and offering their bodies to the eagles, were present in the 10s of thousands and the weather supported the largest crowds ever. What more could we -- or eagles -- ask for!! Well -- we think about twice as many people also visited the Festival to view our eagles and salmon.

The Saturday "at dawn" count revealed 2380 eagles on the Chehalis Flats and Harrison Bay -- about twice the number over last year. Rain had been sparse the past couple of weeks and the river was very low revealing lots of salmon carcasses for the eagles to eat. About 260 great majestic trumpeter swans came in and over-nighted on Harrison Bay -- always a magnificent addition.

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HWF Featured on Animal Planet

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This Sunday, Nov. 24th, at 4 PM (PST) Hancock Wildlife Foundation will be featured on the Animal Planet program called "Wild Obsession".  Here in the Vancouver, BC area it is on Shaw TV channels 134 and 274 HD.  I don't know if Animal Planet in the U.S. will be picking up the program or not.  The production company, that contacted HWF to produce the show, then sold it to AP Canada but sometimes shows are shown in both countries.

We spent a week with the film crew last June and took them to various eagle nests locations throughout the lower mainland from the White Rock bald eagle cam nest on Boundary Bay, English Bluffs at Tsawwassen, the Delta 2 eagle cam nest, OWL (Orphaned WildLIfe) and wound up at Harrison Mills at the site of our eagle nest cam and the Chehalis Flats.  So six days of shooting were done to produce a 44 minute show.  It will be interesting to see what makes it through the editing and into the actual program.

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Interview with David on Shaw TVís The Rush

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Watch an Interview with David on Shaw TV’s The Rush

Tonight, November 18 on Shaw TV

Channel 4, at 6:00 pm, and 10:00 pm.

Edited to add:  Also today, Tuesday, Nov. 19, The Rush with David can be seen at 10 AM, Noon and 4 PM.

If you are unable to receive Shaw TV, it will be posted on Youtube within a few days of airing.  So if you don't find it available yet just keep trying:

http://www.youtube.com/TheRushOnShawTV

Update:  The interview has finally been posted here for your viewing:
 

 

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