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Utility fined for destroying nest

The Associated Press

Published: July 16th, 2008 04:58 PM
Last Modified: July 16th, 2008 04:58 PM

Juneau's electric power utility has pleaded guilty to destroying a bald eagle nest.

U.S. Attorney for Alaska Nelson Cohen says Alaska Electric Light and Power destroyed the nest during construction of the Dorothy Lake Hydroelectric project.

The federal Interior Department had denied the utility permission to cut down the tree with the nest but it was destroyed during blasting.

The utility was fined $50,000 and ordered to pay $50,000 for raptor rehabilitation in southeast Alaska.

Cohen says the company will pay another $25,000 in restitution to the U.S. Forest Service for destroying a historical cabin during blasting.

Comments

robin andrea said…
I can't believe they destroyed the nest even after they had been denied permission. I hope that money really does teach them a lesson.
Britt said…
I agree with Robin. Hopefully they learn a lesson. The only thing positive about this, is their fine will go to towards helping rehabilitation efforts.
Dave said…
I agree with you ladies. Though I would have liked a bigger fine. I feel that large corporations really don't learn unless it hurts.
Meggie said…
Glad there were fines levied but seems to me that it should have been more. A mere slap on the wrist I think, but I hope it causes them to act otherwise in the future. Hope the money is put to good use.