Company sues Interior to block release of bird death data to press

Source: AP/London Guardia • Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hoping to block the release of information about bird kills from wind turbines, a Portland, Ore., energy company is suing the Interior Department.

PacifiCorp, which operates at least 13 wind energy facilities across three states, is trying to stop the Obama administration from releasing data about birds found dead at its facilities. The Associated Press requested the information from the Interior Department in March 2013 under the Freedom of Information Act.

AP had asked for the information as part of an investigation into bird and eagle deaths at wind farms.

PacifiCorp said it is seeking an injunction because it considers bird-kill information to be confidential.

The wind industry has previously stated that more birds are killed by poisoning and collisions with cars, buildings and electrical wires than are killed by turbines (AP/LondonĀ Guardian, Nov. 17)