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WInd farms exempt from Migratory Bird Treaty Act & Protect Eagle Act

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To the editor,
While the federal government aggressively pursues oil and gas companies for wildlife deaths, it often gives wind farm developers a pass. Is that fair? The wind sector has had an exemption from prosecution under two of America's oldest wildlife-protection laws: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Eagle Protection Act.
But maybe this has nothing to do with killing and has everything to do with hunting. Knowing wind farms are spinning in bird migration paths — it raises a fair question as to whether developers have taken necessary steps to prevent bird migration through wind farms. What steps have they taken?
I believe that a state "take" permit is required in the state of New Hampshire if hunting. Would this apply to wind farms hunting birds? And if so would the N.H. Fish and Game Department need to get involved in criminal activity if a bird or animal is hunted without a permit? Especially bald eagles — don't they receive special protection under federal law?
Wind developers benefit from tax credits, are exempt from local and federal laws, are able to bypass all environmental and wildlife laws and to top it off they supersede government authority and dictate to politicians in the name of greed.... all of this is being done to feed investors oversees and to shuffle electricity to southern states.
In short — the kings and queens in Concord just decided whats best for us peasant folk. Now all I ask is that you to keep an eye on what our kings and queens do with that new found money.
Ray Cunningham