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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Fish and Wildlife Service Comments: Pantego Wind Energy
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has a vested interest in northeast North Carolina as evidenced by the presence of nine National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) encompassing over 360,000 acres. In addition, the Service has a National Fish Hatchery and a Migratory Bird Field Office (MBFO) in the area. Staff members from the Service’s Ecological Services Field Office (ESFO) in Raleigh also routinely work on issues within the region. The Department of the Interior and the Service support the . . . Complete article »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee Recommendations
The Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) was established in 2007 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) on developing effective measures to avoid or minimize impacts to wildlife and their habitats related to land-based wind energy projects. The USFWS chairs the Committee, which includes 22 members representing governments, wildlife conservation organizations, and the wind industry. This Committee’s recommendations to the Secretary (Guidelines) contain the Committee’s advice regarding policy . . . Complete article »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Review of Avian Risk Assessment for Chautauqua (N.Y.) Wind Project
October 12, 2005 The scope of data collected specific to the unique features and wildlife use at this site is inadequate for a number of reasons …; Use of, and reliance on, information from other sites around the world has limited application, as impacts to wildlife are very stie- and species-specific; The risk assessment methodology developed for, and used in, this ARA report is not one we can support … We recommend a minimum of 3 years of comprehensive data collection at . . . Complete article »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Response to reports prepared for UPC’s proposed Sheffield (Vt.) Wind Project
The proposed Sheffield Wind Project raises a number of potential concerns to the Service in the general areas of habitat fragmentation, impacts to waters/wetlands and bird and bat mortality. This letter is generally limited in scope to airspace issues involving the potential for bird and/or bat mortality and ultimately the suitability of the site in this regard. We note for the record that the Service was not consulted prior to the design and conduct of the above-referenced studies. As a . . . Complete article »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Interim guidelines to avoid and minimize wildlife impacts from wind turbines
March 13, 2003 Excerpts are available at aweo.org. Download original document: “Interim guidelines to avoid and minimize wildlife impacts from wind turbines” Complete article »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
US Fish and Wildlife comments on the Ecogen, LLC Prattsburgh, NY Wind Project
“The premise for constructing this project is that environmental benefits will be realized in the form of reduced air pollutant emissions, greater energy security, and reduced electricity costs (also described in Section 4.2.5 Alternative Technologies). However, this document has not shown that air emissions will be reduced. We know of no plans by electric utility companies in New York State to close an existing fossil fuel generating plant or forgo construction of a new generating facility because of wind turbine . . . Complete article »

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