CHEYENNE, Wyoming — A federal court has cast uncertainty over plans by a major wind farm developer and others by striking down a 30-year government permit for eagle deaths caused by industrial facilities.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday it has received at least 14 applications for 30-year eagle "take" permits since the agency instituted the permit early last year.
Earlier this month, a federal judge in San Jose, California, ruled that Fish and Wildlife failed to follow federal law when it extended the maximum permit duration from five to 30 years.
Those seeking the 30-year permit include the Power Company of Wyoming, which plans to build an up to 1,000-turbine wind farm south of Rawlins.
Company officials say they expect their permit now will be limited to five years.