The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has finalized their Environmental Impact Report for the Pine Tree Wind Development Project and its Board of Commissioners is planning on voting to approve the findings. Several organizations have expressed their opposition to this study, claiming that the DWP did not do enough studies to accurately determine the consequences this will have on local and migratory birds. The DWP thinks they’ve done enough.
“Many published papers in the scientific literature have concluded that 3 point counts,
usually of 5-10 minute duration each, will adequately quantify the species composition and
relative abundance of birds in an area during breeding. Thus, the sampling conducted at the
Pine Tree project site exceeds these standards both in terms of number of counts (5) and
duration (30 minutes each).”
Two-and-a-half hours is enough to make an accurate conclusion? They spent minimal time in December and April, and no studies were conducted during fall migration or for nocturnal migrants.
The LADWP website has the PDF of the full EIR. Beware: it’s 25.5 MB.
If you’d like it in smaller chunks you can download them from Beakspeak using the links below. For best results, right click on the link and choose “Save Link/Target As…” to save it to your desktop.
Table of Contents
Section 2 - Letters 1-5
Section 2 - Letters 6-10
Section 2 - Letters 11-15
Section 2 - Attachments
The vote to approve the EIR is happening on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 1:30 pm. Local Audubon chapters and an expert ornithologist will be present, voicing their opposition to the lack of study comprising the EIR. If you can attend, please do so to help support this cause.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Room 1555-H, 15th Floor
111 North Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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