The Hill - The Obama administration has nearly finalized a rule that would give energy companies lengthy permits for wind farms that end up killing bald and golden eagles.
Hundreds of thousands of birds are killed every year after flying into large wind turbine blades, an issue that became an ongoing saga for the administration this year.
The White House finalized its review of a rule that would give the farms a 30-year pass for the killings, known as "takings."
The details of the Interior Department rule are not yet known.
Obama found himself caught between green groups and renewable energy companies over the summer due to the controversy surrounding the rule, which also applies to oil rigs and electric lines.
Late last month, Duke Energy reached a $1 million settlement with the Obama administration over the deaths of more than a dozen protected eagles and other birds at its wind farms.
The settlement marked the first time the administration had penalized a wind energy company for killing eagles.