Osage Nation differs with feds over wind project's impact on eagles

06/14/2013 | Reuters

The Osage Nation is opposed to Wind Capital Group's plan and a federal permit to build a wind farm in an area in Oklahoma that the tribe says is a key eagle nesting site and lies within the birds' migratory flyway. Wind power advocates, however, say that wind turbines account for a very small percentage of all human-related eagle fatalities. Less than 2% of human-related golden eagle deaths were recorded at modern wind farms, while bald eagles are more likely to be killed by poisoning and car collisions than by wind turbines, said Peter Kelley, vice president of public affairs at the American Wind Energy Association.

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