September 8, 2006, letter from the Attorney General of California to attorneys representing Altamont Pass wind energy companies:
“It has recently come to our attention that Dr. Shawn Smallwood, who has conducted in-deptth research on bird mortality at Altamont Pass, has been subjected to numerous attacks on his professional integrity and credibility for his role in conducting research at the site. I assume that you are aware of this situation … some of the attacks appear to be orchestrated by the California Wind Energy Association and segments of the California wind industry, including companies operating at Altamont Pass. As you know, Dr. Smallwood has conducted more field research and authored and published more studies concerning the bird deaths at Altamont Pass than any other scientist in his field. …
“Because of our concerns, we have reviewed a number of the issues raised and have determined that, in most instances, the criticisms are incorrect, irrelevant, or based on a misunderstanding or mischaracterization of the data and conclusions. …
“These attacks do not reflect well on the wind industry and on the operators at Altamont Pass. …”
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