Birding groups oppose ‘six giant wind turbines’

After the two groups wrote to the Air National Guard to complain about a planned wind turbine at Camp Perry — and threatened a lawsuit — the guard put construction on hold and promised to carry out a new study.
Alex Green
Mar 7, 2014
Two birding groups that succeeded in halting a planned wind turbine at Camp Perry have turned their attention to the wind turbine at the nearby Lake Erie Business Park.

The American Bird Conservancy and the Black Swamp Bird Observatory have written to Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C., claiming “six giant wind turbines” are being built at the business park. The letter asks the service to look into the project and “take decisive action where appropriate”

After the two groups wrote to the Air National Guard to complain about a planned wind turbine at Camp Perry — and threatened a lawsuit — the guard put construction on hold and promised to carry out a new study.

The business park’s owner, James McKinney, defended the wind turbine as a green energy project and said the business park is doing its best to support the U.S. government’s efforts to turn away from fossil fuels and shift toward renewable sources of energy.    

The letter to Ashe, signed by Michael Hutchins, national coordinator for the Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign, and Kimberly Kaufman, director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory, claims wind energy at Lake Erie Business Park threatens a major corridor for migrating birds.

“It is also adjacent to a wildlife refuge and has the highest density of bald eagles in the state of Ohio,” they wrote.

McKinney, founder and chairman of Dublin Commercial Property Services Inc. in Port Clinton, said the business park actually has just one wind turbine, a 900-kilowatt machine that’s been up for about two months.

“I don’t know where they get the other five” he said.

A map on the website that shows other wind turbines is an “illustration,” he said, and no other wind turbines are currently under construction.

“We complied with all of the rules and regulations set forth by the state of Ohio” McKinney said.

He had no comment when asked if an environmental impact study was carried out before the wind turbine was built.

McKinney said it’s important to pay attention to what actually goes on at and near his wind turbine.

“We are a heavy industrial site with heavy industrial activities all around the site” he said.

Nearby Camp Perry has gunfire going on much of the time, he said.

“Our goal has been to separate us from the typical manufacturing sites by offering green energy opportunities” he said.

The Obama administration supports green energy and so does U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, who has found funding for various renewal energy projects in northern Ohio, McKinney said.

Many of the groups fighting wind energy are funded by the petroleum industry, McKinney said.

Laury Parramore, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, could not immediately confirm Ashe had received the letter. As a general rule, the agency prefers to get involved in proposed wind energy projects before they have been built, she said.

If there were allegations bald eagles had been harmed by the turbine, the agency’s law enforcement officers would investigate, she said.

Comments

coasterfan

It's been my observation over many years that a large number of birds die after flying into windows. Still more die at the hands of sport gun enthusiasts. And let's not forget the carnage every Thanksgiving, when millions of turkeys suddenly find that they're on the menu, not to mention countless chickens who become McNuggets 365 days a year.

Are the wind turbine naysayers also going to push for a ban on glass, guns, Thanksgiving and chicken entrees? If they truly do care about the birds, they should be against those things as well.

I like Tzu4u's idea. Let's build the wind turbines, and try to put them in locations where they will cause the least damage. Building them along the normal migratory path used by the birds is as dumb as building a nuclear plant on an earthquake fault line in California.

Wait, that happened, too, didn't it...

Contango

Re: "Thanksgiving," "McNuggets,"

Unless you're eaten wind turbine slaughtered fowl, those are absurd analogies.

Increased construction of wind and solar will also require the building of thousands of miles of new transmission lines.

"Tens of millions of flamingos, storks, pelicans and other migratory birds are being killed across the world when they fly into power lines, according to a new study. "

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/454435...

Oh the humanity!

coasterfan

Oh, the huge manatee!

Actually, you helped me make my point. Millions of boids are dying at the result of flying into power lines, but we don't hear anyone advocating the removal of power lines.

Contango

The Obama admin. has given 'em a 30 yr. pass to kill millions of 'em!

Point: The green energy central planners against the extremist liberal environmentalists - oh the sweet irony.

The Big Dog's back

Good thing no animals died from all the oil spills we've had. Oh wait .....

http://www.epa.gov/oem/docs/oil/...

Contango

Off-topic.

Do you need to go outside piddles?

Mary Kay Barton

Cars, cats & buildings do not typically kill eagles, condors, whooping cranes and bats - Industrial wind turbines (IWTs) do.

Furthermore, compared to the number of IWTs out there today (approximately 250,000 worldwide), there are BILLIONS of cars & buildings profitably owned and used by the 7+ Billion people in the world today -- and those BILLIONS of cars & buildings have actually greatly improved the quality of life of those BILLIONS of people. Likewise, the tens of millions of cats that populate the world today control rodents, which aids in controlling the spread of many diseases and crop damage worldwide.

On the other hand, the sprawling footprints (and the massive Habitat Fragmentation IWTs have caused) of the 250,000 industrial wind turbines in the world today provide NO meaningful product or service, as they have NOT closed a single conventional power plant, nor significantly reduced CO2 -- anywhere! (See: "Wind Turbines are Climate Change Scarecrows" by Robert Bryce)

red white and blue

First off to answer your first question HOLY^^^ IM ACTUALLY A DEMOCRATIC BUT RECENTLY (THE ELECTION OF THIS PRESIDENT) WOULD NOT ALLOW ME TO VOTE for a party that does NOT CARE about the well being of the American people and me be a Christian would not allow me to give our current leader my support!

ohioengineer

Most people are not aware that for the last 20 years, the wind industry has been supported by the Production Tax Credit. What this means is that for every KW-HR of electricity produced by wind power, every taxpayer and electric utility customer in the United States is charged 2.2 cents. For 2012 alone, this amounted to over $8 billion! Fortunately, this subsidy expired on Jan. 1 of this year, but every wind company, liberal politician, environmental group and the President is working overtime to get it restored. If wind power is half as efficient and cost effective as its proponents claim, then why do they insist upon making everyone else pay for their beliefs. (Note: while it is true that ALL energy sources are subsidized, the wind subsidy is from 20 to 50 times as large as that received by fossil fuels and nuclear!)

I am not usually a proponent of using Europe as an example to follow. But in this case, Europe jumped on the wind bandwagon earlier than we did, but now they are running away from it as fast as they can. The European landscape is dotted with abandoned and half-finished wind projects, as people and governments finally realized that they were just too expensive to be viable.

At some point in the future technology may allow wind to compete with other sources of energy on a equal footing. Great! When that day comes, I will be a staunch supporter; but that is not the case today.

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swiss cheese kat

Many of the groups fighting the petroleum industry are funded by the solar and wind industry.

JoeSchmoe84

ohioengineer, I am just curious, do you work directly or indirectly for an electric utility?

The Big Dog's back

Wind energy isn't to see how big a profit we can make from it. It's about an alternative to destroying the earth with fossil fuels.

Mary Kay Barton

Mr. McKinney says: "Many of the groups fighting wind energy are funded by the petroleum industry." You are WRONG Mr. McKinney.

Mr. McKinney needs to get his facts straight -- Big Wind and AWEA are the ones being funded by petroleum industry (ie: BP, FPL, GE, EXXON, NextEra, E.On, Iberdrola, etc) Industrial wind still serves the same purpose it did when ENRON initiated wind in the U.S. - as a tax shelter generator for Big Energy Corporations.

The grassroots' groups that are fighting industrial wind installations across our nation (and the world, for that matter) are the taxpayers and ratepayers who have done their homework, and know that industrial wind is the biggest S-WIND-LE to ever come down the pike!

Learn more by reading: "Industrial Wind: The Great American S-WIND-LE - Not Clean; Not Green; Not Free" at:

http://citizenpowerallianceblog....

JoeSchmoe84

maybe later

Pterocarya frax...

Ms. Barton is another one that trolls all over the web to find stories to badmouth wind energy, without real facts. She is always pushing hydroelectric power, which I guess makes sense, since she lives fairly close to Niagara Falls. Would you like to debate the problems with hydroelectric production Ms. Barton?

Who pays your salary?

Mary Kay Barton

Seems more likely a person signing in under a fake name like "Pterocarya frax...", is much more likely to be a "troll." I am not anyone's payroll sir - what about you??? I simply despise being ripped off for an absolute scam. Anyone who has basic math and reading skills can figure out what a scam wind is for themselves.

The Big Dog's back

Bowling Green doesn't think they are being ripped off.

Jim Wiegand

"Many of the groups fighting wind energy are funded by the petroleum industry, McKinney said."...................

People should remember this "divide and conquer" statement because I happen to be one of the primary people fighting against this fraudulent industry. My years of research can PROVE that the wind industry is deliberately rigging their mortality studies to not find carcasses so they can under-report wind turbine fatalities. As a result over 90% of the bird and bat fatalities are not reported by this industry.

I have not been given a nickel nor have I been approached by anyone waving around money. I have not received any gifts, I have no political ambitions, and none of my children have been given high salaried jobs. I am just trying to save eagles and other species from being slaughtered off by this industry.

How could there ever be the proper siting of any wind project when rigged research is being used to win their approval? It can not be done. Yet these projects are being railroaded through the approval process all over the country with bogus documents and the opinions of shill experts. Under these circumstances "Rules and regulations" have no meaning.

I suggest that people not only remember this false "Oil industry" statement but they should also work hard towards handing out prison terms for the ringleaders is this monumental fraud.

The Big Dog's back

So jim, before windmills what caused Eagles to become near extinction? To say you don't have an agenda is somewhat fraudulent.

Jim Wiegand

"Many of the groups fighting wind energy are funded by the petroleum industry, McKinney said."...................

People should remember this "divide and conquer" statement because I happen to be one of the primary people fighting against this fraudulent industry. My years of research can PROVE that the wind industry is deliberately rigging their mortality studies to not find carcasses so they can under-report wind turbine fatalities. As a result over 90% of the bird and bat fatalities are not reported by this industry.

I have not been given a nickel nor have I been approached by anyone waving around money. I have not received any gifts, I have no political ambitions, and none of my children have been given high salaried jobs. I am just trying to save eagles and other species from being slaughtered off by this industry.

How could there ever be the proper siting of any wind project when rigged research is being used to win their approval? It can not be done. Yet these projects are being railroaded through the approval process all over the country with bogus documents and the opinions of shill experts. Under these circumstances "Rules and regulations" have no meaning.

I suggest that people not only remember this false "Oil industry" statement but they should also work hard towards handing out prison terms for the ringleaders is this monumental fraud.

JoeSchmoe84

That's very interesting, Jim Wiegand. What is your source for the "90%" under reporting?

Pterocarya frax...

Mr. Wiegand, you are all over the internet talking about the dangers of wind turbines to raptors, especially eagles. The average reader would probably tend to think of you as an "expert" because you quote so many facts about unreported eagle deaths. One would also like to think that your heart is in the right place because you care so much about the eagles.

A thinking questioning person though, may want to question your motivations just a bit. For example, where are you getting these statistics about raptor deaths being vastly under reported. You quote all kinds of enormous numbers but never give sources. You also attack the science of climate change without evidence, as well as attack anyone that dares question your comments.

If one thinks about it a bit, he or she may come to the conclusion that you have ulterior motives, other than "I love eagles". Listen, I care about the raptors a lot as well, but to take such a single minded approach to protecting them is not in the best interest of the eagles or humans. It may however be in the best interest of say...the coal industry.

Contango

FYI:

See Germany.

In their push for alt-energy, they now have the highest energy costs in Europe which is putting their manufacturing export economy in jeopardy.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/3...

U.S. wind and solar advocate extremists will put us in a similar position.

BabyMomma

I didn't care one bit until Bald Eagles were mentioned. As a kid I NEVER saw Eagles, now I see them almost on a daily basis. Move them away from the Eagles.

The Big Dog's back

And why did you never see eagles as a kid? One thing for sure, it wasn't those "horrible" windmills.

holysee

Meanwhile my uncle put a wind turbine at his marina and now sends electric bills to his camping tenants whilst getting his power at no cost. Doesn't work for him huh?

holysee

Why do moronic voters always vote against their own economic interests? Vote repuglican in 2014!

holysee

Chopped fowl is 100% natural and healthy

Nemesis

and tasty, too!

Can't wait until they start installing those underwater turbines GE is crowing about and they start chopping up fish, and we get to dig up those SNL commercials for the Bassomatic.

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