On May 16, House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) sent a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and Assistant Attorney General Ignacia Moreno on suits related to birds killed by wind and other energy facilities. Chairman Hastings asked how many suits were filed with and declined the Department of Justice, and about discussions with the American Wind Wildlife Institute about a bird mortality database. The Fish and Wildlife Service is currently investigating 18 bird deaths; 7 of these cases have been forwarded to the Department of Justice.