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DUK Tagged With $1 Million Fine

|Includes:Duke Energy Corporation (DUK)

Duke Energy will pay $1 Million in fines for killing protected birds with its "wind farm" equipment in Wyoming. 14 eagles and other birds were reportedly killed. The Dept. of Justice brought a criminal case against a Duke subsidiary, who entered a guilty plea to the charges. The news article is here

The prevention of bird strikes seems like a well-nigh impossible task. Collecting fines seems like a bit much. This is especially true when one considers the number of birds killed by aircraft each year. In 2003, the U.S. Air Force reported 4300 bird strikes, and there were 5,900 bird strikes in the civil aviation sector. 80% of strikes go unreported. See

Has the DOJ found a new source of revenue that has gone unnoticed for years? It seems that no good deed goes unpunished.

Disclosure: I am long DUK.

Stocks: DUK