Federal Permits Will Allow Wind Farms to Kill More Bald Eagles

 Save the fuckin Delta Smelt and Snail Darter but kill the Bald Eagle!!! This country is so fucked up I can’t believe it. Thank God we have a chance to change some things with the election of Donald J Trump for POTUS.

By Barbara Hollingsworth | December 21, 2016 | 12:45 PM EST

Bald eagle. (AP photo)

 

(CNSNews.com) — New 30-year permits that will be issued next month by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) will quadruple the number of bald eagles that wind farms will collectively be allowed to kill per year and avoid prosecution under the 1940 Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Under the new $36,000 “incidental take permits” – which are to be reviewed every five years by an independent third party – the number of bald eagles that can be killed by permit holders will increase from 1,100 currently allowed under 2009 regulations to 4,200 when the Final Rule goes into effect on Jan. 17, 2017, according to the Associated Press.

“The Service’s emphasis on eagle incidental take permits for wind facilities reflects [Obama] Administration priorities for expanded wind energy development and a desire to minimize the impacts of that growth on eagles,” FWS noted. “It does not reflect a belief that wind development poses a disproportionate risk compared to other activities that may incidentally take eagles.”

The FWS explained that the new National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations are intended to “minimize the impacts” of wind farms on the eagle population. “There is nothing in the revised regulations that will increase take, though we hope more ongoing unpermitted take will be captured under permits in the future,” the agency said.

The new regulations will require long-term permit holders to “search for injured and killed eagles” and then “estimate total take using methods approved by the Service,” according to the Final Rule published in the Federal Register on December 16th.

Permit holders will “be required to provide compensatory mitigation to offset predicted take over each 5-year period.”

Potential permittees will also have to “implement all practicable best management practices and other measures that are reasonably likely to reduce eagle take” to less than 5 percent of the LAP [local area population] for a project already in operation.  The “practicable” standard is a modification of the current “unavoidable” standard.

Any permitted facility that exceeds its authorized eagle kill limit would not be fined or criminally prosecuted, although it could still be “subject to an enforcement action at any time for unpermitted prior take of eagles,” according to the Final Rule.

“Only applicants who commit to adaptive management measures to ensure the preservation of eagles will be considered for permits with terms longer than five years,” according to FWS.

But Garry George, Audubon California’s director of renewable energy, pointed out that none of the new technologies used by the wind farm industry to lessen bird deaths “has been proven to work.”

The FWS “may be giving the industry certainty in a permit that allows them to kill eagles for 30 years, but they’re not giving us any certainty that it’s not going to send the population into a spiral,” George said.

Michael Hutchins, director of the American Bird Conservancy’s (ABC) Bird-Smart Wind Energy Campaign, also noted that the “lack of an opportunity for public input [during the five-year reviews] makes the rule vulnerable to legal challenges” under NEPA.

After being removed from the Endangered Species Act list of threatened species in 2007, the population of bald eagles is now estimated at 143,000 in the lower 48 states and Alaska. FWS estimates that it “will continue to increase until populations reach an equilibrium at about 228,000.”

But FWS believes the current stable population of 41,000 golden eagles “might be declining toward a lower equilibrium size of about 26,000 individuals.” For that reason, the permitted number of golden eagles killed “would still be set at zero, requiring that all authorized take be offset by compensatory mitigation,” according to the new regulations.

Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it’s illegal to kill or injure eagles – even unintentionally – without a permit. The penalties can range up to a $500,000 fine and two years in prison.

FWS says that “no progress has been made” in its efforts to create an “accurate estimate of collision probability” for eagles at wind farms because “to date, so few incidental take permits have been issued at wind facilities.”

In response to comments from the public, FWS noted that “in the last 18 months, the Service has resolved five civil enforcement actions concerning unauthorized incidental take of eagles… at 15 different wind- energy facilities,” resulting in $55,000 in civil penalties and another $1.8 million to develop technologies to reduce the number of bird deaths.

In 2013, North Carolina-based Duke Energy Renewables became the first wind power company to be found criminally liable under MBTA for killing 163 protected birds, including 14 golden eagles, at two of its wind farms in Wyoming. The company pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a $1 million fine and another $900,000 in restitution and compensatory mitigation.

Last year, Oregon-based PacifiCorp became the second wind energy company to be prosecuted. It was fined $2.5 million for killing 38 golden eagles and hundreds of other protected migratory birds at its wind energy projects in Wyoming.

“No animal says America like the bald eagle, and the Service is using the best available science to make eagle management decisions that promote eagle conservation,” FWS Director Dan Ashe said in a statement.

“Our success in recovering this bird when its populations plummeted in the lower 48 nearly a half-century ago stands as one of our greatest national conservation achievements. The final revised regulations build on this success, taking a comprehensive approach to eagle conservation and demonstrating the Service’s longstanding commitment to bald and golden eagles, responsible industry operations, and the interests of the American people.”

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Need a Laugh? Check out ‘Whining, Crying, Rioting’, Hillary’s Millennial Theme Song

H/T Girls Just Wanna Have Guns
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It’s The Most Wonderful Time In 8 Years!

Record cold coming to ‘almost entire USA’ – Low temperature records set to be SHATTERED

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This is according to the European model, which is very accurate this far out.

Via: http://www.vencoreweather.com/blog/2016/11/30/140-pm-widespread-blast-of-cold-air-plunges-from-alaska-to-the-western-us-early-next-week-and-then-expands-into-the-eastern-us

**WIDESPREAD BLAST OF COLD AIR PLUNGES FROM ALASKA TO THE WESTERN US EARLY NEXT WEEK AND THEN EXPANDS INTO THE EASTERN US**

Overview
While we end November on a warm note here in the eastern US, there are changes unfolding across the Northern Hemisphere that will likely bring a widespread very cold air mass into the US next week. This cold air mass is first going to arrive in Alaska this upcoming weekend with some spots in that state plunging to 40 degrees below zero and way below normal for early December. After that, the cold air dives into the western US during the first half of next week and then it’ll likely blast into the eastern US late next week.  In fact, by the time Saturday, December 10th rolls around, there may be colder-than-normal conditions all the way from Alaska to the southeastern US.  Beyond that, it looks like this colder pattern will indeed have some staying power as we move deeper into the month of December.

More here: http://www.climatedepot.com/2016/11/30/climatologist-dr-roger-pielke-sr-i-cannot-recall-last-time-i-have-seen-such-a-cold-anomaly-forecast-across-almost-entire-usa/

You live in the mountains, and a mountain lion scares you?

Where do these people in Big Bend come from? Getting all a twitter because there’s a mountain lion in the area! For Fuck’s Sake People, We Live In The Wilderness! As much as you would like to make it a little safe city like place, wildlife happens. These people claim to love the land, hug trees, hate loggers, compost their own shit, hate modern conveniences, hate law enforcement, want to live like the caveman did. But they need to be warned by their computer, i-phone, i-pad or whatever the newest communication device is about a wildlife threat. And you should see the whining and wailing online if the internet gets a bit slow. Some even warned to beware of a llama running loose, that walked calmly through my yard today. I am so looking forward to getting out of here, it’s not the same place we moved to 22 years ago.

Don’t Do It

When you give up 5 years of your life to save the life of another, twice, do not expect anything but hate from that family and “friends”. It truly is No Good Deed Goes Unpunished. And personally, I don’t like my wife being punished for her weakness of helping the helpless.

Burney station to open after 6-year closure

You cannot believe how many panties are in a twist because our area is going to have 24 hour coverage from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO). It doesn’t mean we will get a deputy down here any quicker, as they hate our little town anyway, but just the thought of more law enforcement has driven the lawless into the vapors. The biggest benefit is the station will be open for normal operations to relieve us from the 120 mile round trip to Redding, cuts it in half. The Fleaheads are mostly moving out because the law has changed for their freeloading lifestyle of raping the land, stealing water and anything else not nailed down and growing “Medical Marijuana” for profit by selling it across state lines. The locals are pissed for most of the same reasons because the Fleaheads were easily manipulated, they thought, but they are the ones that ended up catering to them at the expense of their loved ones, all for the illegal dollar that comes from dealing drugs. Many friendships were damaged beyond repair by the lying, cheating, hard drug use and just plain character change. Needless to say, I welcome the idea of a deputy at least being available between the hours of  3 and 7am. But that’s just me, I like the security of being legal and not having to look over my shoulder. With that said, here’s the short article from The Intermountain News.

By Det. KEITH SHARP
Shasta County Sheriff’s Office
Burney Station
I am guessing most everyone has heard about the
Shasta County Board of Supervisors recent approval to
hire additional employees for the Sheriff’s Office.
I have had people ask me what that will actually mean
for the Intermountain area and its citizens. This article
will address the impact that the additional personnel will
have to the Burney Station and to
its eastern Shasta County residents.
First, the Burney Station will
be open once again during regular
business hours, staffed with 2
Public Safety Service Officers.
This means services that were
once available to the citizens prior
to the closing of the office will
be accessible again, no longer
requiring people to go to Redding
for certain assistance.
Although the courtroom will
remain closed until further notice, the re-opening of the
station will give the Intermountain citizens services that
have been dearly missed for 6 years.
Additionally, 2 deputy positions have been granted to
the Burney Station.
After these positions are filled, patrol operations in
the Intermountain area will return to 24-hour coverage.
Due to recent changes in the law, coupled with
criminal’s knowledge that patrol deputies aren’t on
duty between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m., property crimes have
become rampant.
Having 24-hour patrol coverage will help to prevent
these crimes from happening.
After the 2009 budget cuts, deputies were required
to stay closer to the higher call volume areas to reduce
response times.
The additional deputies will help lower response
times and help the outlying areas see regular patrols in
higher frequency.
Although there has yet to be a specific date set for the
re-opening of the station, the Sheriff’s Office has dedicated
resources to the hiring and training of the personnel
required to get these positions filled.
Once the deputy positions are filled, positions such
as a School Resource Officer and/or a Community
Resource Officer will be re-explored.
In response to the Board of Supervisors approval,
Sheriff Tom Bosenko says, “I am very excited about the
advancements we are making to improve our staffing
levels and get additional support to our deputies on the
streets. My staff and I always have your best interests
in mind and are always working to make improvements where we can.”

Now, just to let you see one piece of shit that came for the Pot Growing, to work for a local grower, and ended up involved in murder after a full day and night of smoking meth, I give you “Bubblegum.”

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