26 Dec '15, 8pm

Wind, Birds And Bats: Recent Legal Migrations

Wind, Birds And Bats: Recent Legal Migrations

In January, a bill was introduced into the House to exempt criminal liability for incidental takes under the MBTA, require 30-year ITPs under the BGEPA and set a one-year deadline for the FWS to issue decisions on the BGEPA take permit applications. In March, the Merricourt Wind Farm in North Dakota applied for an ESA ITP for piping plovers and one whooping crane. If approved, it will be the first ITP ever issued to a wind project for the take of a whooping crane. In May, the FWS issued a notice of intent to consider authorizing ITPs under the MBTA. Given the lengthy regulatory review process, MBTA ITPs will not be available in the short term, and in the meantime, taking migratory birds remains a criminal offense. On Aug. 11, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California overturned an FWS rule authorizing 30-year BGEPA ITPs for failure to comply with NEPA...

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