A wind farm in Solano County, California – The Shiloh IV Wind Project LLC – has been granted a special permit allowing five Golden Eagles to be “accidentally” killed over a period of five years at the blades of their windmills with no charges pressed against the company. [See article on the Washington Times]
There is much debate over this development; some say it is a logical and commonsense permit, while others argue that it makes no sense and is a serious threat to wildlife.
I side with the people who voice a concern for the birds. While wind is a good source of power for the country, there are certain places in which they should not be permitted to build. For instance, in the direct path of seasonal migration. And the companies should be held accountable for the death or injury of certain species. Once a single company receives a permit like this, more will be wanting the same. There is a potential for wind-power operations to be carelessly placed without thought for the important bird life, and also for the number of permissible “accidents” to be increased, posing a threat to a great number of birds.