California wind farm operator donates to backers

Apr 6, 2015 12:47 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A wind farm operator donated thousands of dollars to county supervisors who ignored strong environmental opposition and voted to allow the company to continue operating turbines that have been blamed for thousands of bird deaths.

The Oakland Tribune ( ) reports Monday that Altamont Winds has made donations to Alameda County Supervisors Scott Haggerty, Nate Miley and Richard Valle, according to campaign contribution records.

Miley now says he wants to revisit the issue.

Haggerty denies that the campaign funds had anything to do with his vote.

Valle could not be reached for comment.

Opponents, such as the Audubon California and the East Bay Regional Park District, say the extension means three more years of potentially disastrous effects on the golden eagle population, which has seen a massive decline since turbines were installed 30 years ago.


Information from: KTVU-TV.

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