American Bird Conservancy Sues Federal Agencies Over Failure to Disclose Correspondence with Wind Industry

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I don’t hold much of a brief for the wind industry. Still, if we’re going to regulate everything to death, why should they be different?

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in Washington D.C. District Court, American Bird Conservancy has accused the federal government of suppressing information about wind energy projects and their potential negative impact on America‘s wildlife. ABC is being represented in the suit by the Washington D.C. public-interest law firm of Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal.

ABC charges that two Interior Department agencies flagrantly violated the Freedom of Information Act by failing to comply with statutory deadlines for disclosure of information, and by failing to provide their correspondence with wind developers and other information related to potential impacts on birds and bats, and bird and bat deaths at controversial wind developments in 10 states.

“It’s ridiculous that Americans have to sue in order to find out what their government is saying to wind companies about our wildlife—a public trust,” said Kelly Fuller, Wind Campaign Coordinator for ABC. “ABC is concerned that many of these projects have the potential to take a devastating toll on songbirds, majestic eagles, and threatened and endangered species,” she added.

ABC filed six requests under FOIA – all of them more than eight months ago. ABC’s FOIA requests asked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s correspondence with wind developers regarding birds and bats, as well as related information about wildlife impacts, such as studies showing which bird and bat species were in the area and how many had been killed by the facilities. ABC’s FOIA requests were to be processed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), which subsequently referred one request to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Under FOIA’s strict deadlines, the agencies were required to fulfill the requests or claim exemptions within 20 working days.

American Bird Conservancy Sues Federal Agencies Over Failure to Disclose Correspondence with Wind Industry.

Our fearless (non) leader just can’t catch a break anymore can he? Everybody wants accountability, the suits come from the right, from the left, and probably soon the center, as well.

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