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Feds say solar project imperils desert tortoises



Published: Wed, April 27, 2011 @ 12:36 p.m.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A federal assessment shows more than 3,000 desert tortoises that are threatened with extinction would be disturbed by a California solar project, and up to 700 of the young turtles would be killed during construction.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management assessment released Tuesday is far more than BrightSource Energy Co.’s prediction that an estimated 38 of the reptiles would be disturbed by construction at the 5.6-acre Ivanpah Valley site near Primm, Nev.

BrightSource was ordered this month to halt construction activity on two-thirds of the project.

The BLM’s new assessment estimates that up to 162 adult tortoises in the project area will have to be captured and moved and up to 700 juvenile tortoises would be killed during construction.


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1dotty(8 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Would someone mind telling me since WHEN do the Feds give a rats Pa-toot about anything living, animal, vegatable or mineral? In my day they would shoot us out of the trees if we tried to save them. Today is no different-they're not breaking their backs to help rebuild Oil soaked US land and wildlife, or polar bears or penguins. But let someone come up with the idea of using solar energy or windmills and suddenly 700 baby turtles are closing down the job. My government is a big joke. Did you get the old one about "What do you do with Native Americans who won't become Catholic?" You shoot them! Probably before your time.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Well, at least the Snail Darter wont be disturbed by this project . I dont believe that there are 3,000 Desert Tortoises on this 5.6 acre tract . All will be well after the eco bandits get some money . . ..

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3Bigben(1996 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

We live in OZ.
Destroy thousands of thousands of acres every year for office buildings that no one can afford to lease but 5 acres of tortoise land is problematic?

Move the reptiles you brain dead zombies and build the thing.

Reminds me of Mill Creek Park complaining about the cost of replacing the trees they cut down on Golf Drive . Either don't cut them or get some saplings across the street.

When did having a brain become a another cross in life?

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4commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Make turtle soup and feed the hungry -- takes care of two things at one time!!!

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5boots109(81 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

i believe dotty is trying to say..the usa caused the almost extinction of the american indian..we took their land,destroyed their habitat,life blood..buffulo..in the name of progress...or the excuse the indians were of the devil..not christian thus ok to kill them as gen.custer was ordered to do..and he did..

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