A proposal to gut an important rule that protects eagles will result in more of these iconic birds being killed at wind energy projects throughout the United States.
It wasn’t long ago that Bald Eagle numbers plummeted to just 800 breeding birds, placing them on the Endangered Species List and putting their very existence in doubt. Majestic Golden Eagles also suffered declines and continue to struggle today in the face of ongoing threats.
The federal government allows corporations to obtain permits to avoid prosecution for killing limited numbers of eagles as part of their normal operations – if they also promise to offset this damage. These permits must be renewed every five years, giving the public regular opportunity to assess an industry’s operations.
However, at the request of wind energy industry lobbyists, the federal government has now proposed making the permits good for 30 years. That means 30 years will pass without the possibility for public review of the permit.
This will lead to more dead eagles, more costly lawsuits, and more Americans who will wonder why private businesses are getting a free pass to kill some of our nation’s most majestic birds.
Please send a message TODAY to ask the new Secretary of Interior to personally review and reject this terrible proposal.
Learn more about the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and see the proposed regulations.
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