Draft EIS Announced for Eagle Kill Issue

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in a December 4 Federal Register posting, opened a comment period to determine what should be included in the draft environmental impact statement for the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project. The statement will be used in the decision making process for an eagle take permit for the 1,000 wind turbine project with 1,000 wind turbines on public and private land in Wyoming. Public comments will be accepted through February 3.

Final Revised Rule on Eagle Takes

The Department of the Interior published a final revised rule for eagle “take” permits on December 9. The rule extended the maximum period of permits from 5 to 30 years. While the permits require developers to avoid injuries or deaths of eagles, they allow holders to incidentally disturb, injure, or kill protected populations of bald and golden eagles. A pre-publication copy of the rule is attached.