28 Jul '12, 3pm

China: Guodian wind development subsidiary fined $600,000 for constructing wind farm in bird sanctuary

The wetland, a municipal level natural reserve stretching 80,000 hectares, is home to 1,024 species of wild fauna and flora, including 32 species under national key protection. The representative birds are red-crowned cranes, white cranes, oriental white storks, and saunders gulls. However, local government does not support the action of the forestry commission. Wang Yingchao, deputy mayor of Linghai municipal government, said "The wind farm is built in a wasteland, and we do not support the fine." Guodian Corporation said it donated CNY 1.5 million in 2008 to China Environmental Protection Foundation for establishing a bird monitoring station in the wetland to protect birds. But the local forestry administration said it did not receive the money.

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