A lack of transparency by top Obama administration officials has prompted an environmental group to sue the Interior Department to determine whether wind power projects are killing large numbers of bats and birds.
According to a report by award-winning investigative journalist Audrey Hudson, The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) filed the lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia accusing the government of intentionally withholding the information and refusing to comply with requests for certain documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
“It’s ridiculous that Americans have to sue in order to find out what their government is saying to wind companies about our wildlife,” Kelly Fuller, ABC spokeswoman said in a statement announcing the legal action.
The wind development projects in question are located in Arizona, California, Florida, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Texas. The group says there are more than 2,000 locations in the U.S. where birds are vulnerable to the impacts of wind energy development.