Tortoises Can't Outrun Mojave Solar Project: Judge

Law360, Los Angeles (June 30, 2011, 9:21 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge Thursday refused to grant environmental group Western Watersheds Projects an order to block construction of a massive solar thermal power plant in the Mojave Desert because of its impact on desert tortoises and other wildlife

“We just learned that there are 500 to 1,400 tortoise — a 28-fold increase from the [environmental impact study],” the group’s attorney Stephan Volker told U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee at the hearing Thursday. “The number of tortoises that could be harmed is in the hundreds....
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