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U.S. energy company convicted of killing birds

By Mason White 11:53 AM November 25, 2013
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By: Moses Gold
A U.S. energy has agreed to plead guilty to killing birds, according to court proceedings.

The U.S. power company has been convicted of killing eagles and other birds at two wind farms in Wyoming, and it agreed to pay $1 million in fines.

Duke Energy Corp. and its renewable energy division was in violation of federal law because it didn’t obtain a license to kill birds.

The company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds in their Top of the World and Campbell Hill wind farms outside Casper, Wyoming.

The company killed eagles, hawks, blackbirds, crows and sparrows, from 2009 to 2013.

“In the plea agreement, Duke Energy Renewables admits that it built these wind projects knowing that it will kill birds,” Robert G. Dreher, assistant attorney general of the Division of Environment and Natural Resources of the Department of Justice, said in a statement.

“We deeply regret the impact of our wind farms on golden eagles,” Greg Wolf, president of Duke Energy Renewables, said in a statement.

“Our goal is to provide the benefits of wind energy in the most responsible manner possible,” he also said.