Home
Donate Sign up for e-network
CENTER for BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY Because life is good
ABOUT ACTION PROGRAMS SPECIES NEWSROOM PUBLICATIONS SUPPORT

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Action timeline

January 20, 2010 – The Center, Hui Ho’omalu i Ka ‘Aina, Conservation Council for Hawai’i and the American Bird Conservancy sent a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative over violations of the Endangered Species Act due to imperiled birds’ fatal collisions with power lines.

March 3, 2010 – The Center, Hui Ho’omalu i Ka ‘Aina, Conservation Council for Hawai’i and the American Bird Conservancy sent a 60-day notice of intent to sue the St. Regis Princeville Resort over violations of the Endangered Species Act due to deaths of imperiled birds’ caused by the resort’s light pollution.

March 29, 2010 – The Center and allies, represented by Earthjustice, sued the Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative for killing rare seabirds without a permit, in violation of the Endangered Species Act. Specifically, the complaint asserted that the utility’s illegal actions “bear substantial responsibility” for the crash of the Newell’s shearwater population on Kauai.

September 9, 2010 – Kauai County acknowledged in U.S. District Court that it was guilty of violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act by killing Newell's shearwater birds through its lighting policies at county facilities over the past five years. The county agreed to undertake a series of corrective measures during a 30-month probation period.

May 16, 2011 – In response to our lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a permit detailing the actions the Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative must take to reduce the number of imperiled seabirds it kills and injures each year and to offset unavoidable harm.

September 26, 2011 – After the Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative finally committed to protecting Newell’s shearwater from its power lines and light pollution, the Center and allies dismissed our lawsuit.

Newell's shearwater photo © Angela Iwai