Today, some “save the birds” people have gotten involved. They filed a lawsuit saying the federal agencies responsible for approving the wind farm off Cape Cod violated federal law by endangering protected migratory birds. The suit claims that the required scientific studies were not done and that protective measures were ignored in approving the 130-turbine project in Nantucket Sound.
A lawyer for the plaintiffs says “science was manipulated and suppressed for political reasons.” Spokespeople for the federal agencies did not immediately return calls.
Since the project was approved in April, opponents of the project have said they would mount legal challenges to block it.
The “save the birds” people have a point . A recent study in Klickitat County, Washington shows that active wind farms in Washington and Oregon kill more than 6,500 birds and 3,000 bats annually.Talk about unintended consequences.
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Biologist Orah Zamora spends her days walking around wind turbines in search of dead birds and bats. Most of her surveys turn up nothing, but every once in a while she finds a carcass that may have been felled by a whirring blade.
“It’s like a crime scene, and you try to figure out what happened. Sometimes, it’s really obvious because you see a slice mark,” Zamora says.
Zamora’s monitoring at the Windy Flats project is part of a larger series of surveys to assess how the wind-power boom is impacting birds that must now share air space with the towering turbines.
Not registering an opinion are the the environmentalists who work to prevent drilling because of potential threats to sea life.