May 14, 5:43 PM EDT
In this April 18, 2013, photo, a golden eagle is seen flying over a wind turbine on
Duke energy's top of the world windfarm in Converse County Wyo. The company
has reported 10 golden eagle deaths since it started operation in 2009. It's the
not-so-green secret of the nation's wind-energy boom: Spinning turbines are killing
thousands of federally protected birds, including eagles, each year.
(AP Photo/Dina Cappiello)
CONVERSE COUNTY, Wyo. (AP) -- Wind farms in this corner of Wyoming have killed more than four dozen golden eagles since 2009, one of the deadliest places in the country of its kind.
But so far, the companies operating industrial-sized turbines here and elsewhere that are killing eagles and other protected birds have yet to be fined or prosecuted - even though every death is a criminal violation.
The Obama administration has charged oil companies for drowning birds in their waste pits, and power companies for electrocuting birds on power lines
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