BIA Beats Enviros' Suit Over Approval Of Wind Farm Lease

By Christine Powell (March 6, 2017, 7:40 PM EST) -- A California federal judge freed the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday from a conservation group's lawsuit claiming the agency flouted environmental law when approving a lease between a wind farm developer and a tribe despite the risk to golden eagles and other migratory birds.

U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino granted summary judgment to the BIA on the sole remaining claim in a suit by Protect Our Communities Foundation and two individuals over the agency's 2013 approval of the tribe's lease to Tule Wind LLC that allows the developer to carry out the second phase of the project, which involves...

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