Indiana Bat

A Win for the Indiana Bat: D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Requires Analysis of Greater Protections for Endangered Species Impacted By Wind Energy Development

A Win for the Indiana Bat: D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Requires Analysis of Greater Protections for Endangered Species Impacted By Wind Energy Development

In an important decision, the court has ruled for the bats, setting a precedent which will mean more careful consideration of the environmental impacts of all federal decisions. 

Still Hanging On: The Endangered Indiana Bat

Still Hanging On: The Endangered Indiana Bat

Jeff Hyman, Bill Weeks, and CLC are embarking on our second year arguing tor sufficient protection of the Endangered Indiana Bat from Wind Turbines. This article sums up our research and describes a possible solution to reduce the impact of increased wind energy on the Indiana Bat and other bat and bird species.

Protecting the Endangered Indiana Bat

Protecting the Endangered Indiana Bat

We are arguing in court that the endangered Indiana bat deserves more protection than it is getting in the process for approving wind energy installations. We came across a study that concluded that the protections we would like to see implemented will cost about 1 percent of the power the wind turbines can generate. Wind turbines produce relatively little power from gentle breezes. Bats, on the other hand, avoid flying when the wind blows at the speed it takes to generate wind power efficiently.

CLC Comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Beech Ridge Energy’s Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and the Service’s associated Draft Environmental Impact Statement

CLC Comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Beech Ridge Energy’s Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and the Service’s associated Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The CLC recently submitted comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Beech Ridge Energy's Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and the Service’s associated Draft Environmental Impact Statement. BRE's 66-turbine wind facility in West Virginia currently operates under a court-ordered restricted schedule. 

CLC Comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Buckeye Wind LLC's application for an Incidental Take Permit

CLC Comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Buckeye Wind LLC's application for an Incidental Take Permit

The CLC submitted comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Buckeye Wind LLC's application for an Incidental Take Permit for the federally endangered Indiana Bat. Buckeye Wind proposes to build a 100-turbine wind facility in Champaign County, OH, in an area that overlaps with the migration path of Indiana bats and their habitat.