State Sanctioned Slaughter: Wind Farm Operator Gets Licence to Kill Rare & Endangered Bats

The wind power cult have no difficulty in justifying the destruction of pristine landscapes; the dismemberment of once cohesive, rural communities; the creation of toxic waste lands in China (where the rare earths essential to wind turbines are processed); crushing power prices that punish the poorest and most vulnerable in society; and barely shrug at the slaughter of millions upon millions of birds and bats, across the globe.

The usual approach by wind power outfits is to get the state to sanction their inevitable bird and bat slaughter.

In the US, their licenses to kill rare and endangered Eagles are euphemistically called “take permits”. As if the holder of the licence was organising a payment-free collection of something from the corner store.

In Victoria, Australia, an outfit owned by the New Zealand government, Tilt Renewables has been challenged about the morality of wiping out rare and endangered grey-headed flying foxes, with impunity.

If any other Victorian was caught causing the death of just one of these critters, they would face fines of up $37,310 and/or 2 years in prison. Serious stuff.

However, like every other wind power outfit around the world, Tilt Renewables has rigged the system so it gets off entirely Scott-free.

Local councillors are unhappy about the carnage, but Tilt has already stitched up a deal with Victoria’s State government so-called environment department (DELWP) to avoid any prospect of prosecution for wiping out the last of Victoria’s grey-headed flying foxes. If it sounds corrupt, that’s because it is.

Moyne Shire councillors worried about number of dead bats at wind farm
The Standard
Ben Silvester
12 September 2022

Councillors say they are worried about the number of dead bats being found at a wind farm in the north-east corner of Moyne Shire.

The issue arose as councillors reviewed the second-year report of the Bat and Avifauna Management (BAM) Plan for the Salt Creek Wind Farm at the September council meeting.

The report showed 67 bat carcasses had been found during the wind farm’s second year of operation.

Council energy project manager Michelle Grainger said that was an increase on the year-one deaths.

“The second year of reporting has showed increased mortality for both birds and bats, probably an increase of three or four per cent,” she said.

The report said the most worrying element was that 13 of the carcasses were grey-headed flying foxes, which were listed as vulnerable.

The report said the true number of flying fox deaths caused by Salt Creek turbines was probably more than triple the number of carcasses found by searchers.

Cr Damian Gleeson said he wasn’t comfortable with the rise in deaths.

“This isn’t a report that you’d read to your kids … 67 carcasses … I want to see action and ensure that mitigation is going to take place,” he said.

Cr Gleeson asked who had responsibility to keep the deaths under control. Ms Grainger said the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning provided technical expertise, but it was the council’s job “to administer and enforce the planning permits” for the wind farms.

Cr Gleeson said the council needed to start taking that job more seriously.

“I think it’s about time we started caring,” he said.

“If this time next year report three comes through and it’s 150 (deaths), I’ll be saying you’ve got to turn your turbines off at night time.”

Cr James Purcell suggested that rather than “endorse” the report, the council should “accept” it and wait to see whether flying fox deaths rose in the next report.

Grey-headed flying fox numbers have suffered in recent years because of mass deaths caused by heat stress, which is why it is now listed as vulnerable, making any additional turbine-related death a “significant impact”.

The flying fox deaths at Salt Creek forced the wind farm developer, Tilt Renewables, to create a specific grey-headed flying fox management plan, which lists a range of “potential mitigation measures”.

The measures deemed worthy of further investigation included logging nearby Sugar Gum forests (which are a favourite tree of the flying fox), periodically turning off the turbines, and offsetting turbine-related deaths by limiting flying fox deaths from heat stress.

Investigations found that cutting down or lopping local Sugar Gums was “not likely” to limit flying fox activity around the wind farm, while turning off the turbines risked the facility’s power production capacity and was not proven to prevent flying fox deaths.

The most appealing and effective strategy according to Tilt, and endorsed by DELWP, was to accept a level of turbine-related deaths.
The Standard

Wind farm gets licence to kill endangered bats.

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  1. Tony Edney says:

    An avifauna consultant for the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm in western Victoria, Chinese owned, addressed a Landcare meeting back in August and was remarkably frank about the toll wind turbines take on bats. According to Emma Bennett around 40,000 micro bats are being destroyed annually because the wind companies will not turn off the turbines in low wind speeds, over a three month period during the year when these bats are most active. The income loss would be miniscule she said, less than .01%. While pointing this out to the company they insist she just continue monitoring, the Chinese not being too concerned about Australian bats when money is at stake, no matter how little is involved.
    A few years back I raised the threat to bats with Lindy Lumsden who is one of the state’s foremost bat authorities. She denied a need to be concerned, as all the data is from overseas where bats apparently are migratory!

  2. 120 b.p.m. says:

    Well, what do you expect when you introduce bloody great bird and bat ‘blenders’ into the landscape! This time in our history is becoming macabre. Welcome to the avian killing fields of Moyne.

    And now with construction underway on the latest skyward bird and bat ‘abattoir’ at Ryan Corner by the Global Power Generation company, nothing at all Orwellian about that name! I wonder how long it will be until property prices start to fall in Port Fairy and surrounding areas, and the council begins to kill the goose that lays the golden egg for the region?

    This is a latter day gold rush, or ‘Green’ rush. Just get as many turbines up as possible and bugger the consequences.

    Victoria, the land of the ‘long white knives.’

  3. Reblogged this on whatyareckon and commented:
    These climate scammers are, I believe, either Satanic or NUTS!!!

  4. In the late 1980s, fake and shoddy low-voltage electrical appliances in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province were installed and electrocuted. Many of them exploded. The rectification and inspection team formed by seven ministries and commissions of the State Council directly stationed in Liushi, Yueqing. Due to the direct intervention of a provincial governor at that time, the severe punishment became a snake in the head. Later, Wenzhou shoes and clothing were boycotted and confiscated in Italy and Spain.

  5. Wind farms are movie sets presenting energy theater. Movie sets should be banned from killing wildlife if they are not already are they not? If not why not? For the greater good of portfolio? These systems waste energy they are and always have been net losses of energy that is why these facades have to be PROPPED up with 2×4 subsidies from behind.

  6. Seems Greta and Jacinta don’t care to much about bats and other endangered species. Salt creeks farmer Peter whoever got the tussock jumpers to feed grain up at the outpaddock the day dpi as it was in those days did the brolga accessments as
    they the brolgas followed the grain trail.

    • Jim Wiegand - Wildlife Biologist says:

      Fact……All turbine impact research and disclosures are criminally fraudulent. It’s been this way for decades.

      In the US, since 1995, over 66,000 eagles carcasses have been secretly shipped to the eagle repository in Denver. Due to corruption, their origin is a top secret and will never be disclosed. But for an expert like me, it’s an easy conclusion that over 75% of these fresh eagle carcasses have been picked up at wind farms.

      None have hit buildings, windows or have been killed by cats as these green fraudsters would like you to believe. A few have been hit by vehicles.Mixed in this green slaughter are hundreds of endangered species carcasses, again a top secret.

      My estimate from looking over their routinely fake studies and making scientific adjustments, is that approximately 2 billion birds and bats have been killed by wind energy in the US. Most of this total having occurred in the last 20 years.

  7. more and more wildfires!I am IAAA member. Electrical machinery insulating materials expert.

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