Lawsuit challenges plans for Nevada wind energy farm
"Despite very significant and unknown environmental and cultural impacts, and against the advice of several sister agencies and its own personnel, BLM refused to conduct the full environmental analysis required by the National Environmental Policy Act. Instead, under pressure from high-level BLM officials and the industry proponent, BLM rushed through a short-cut analysis."
January 25, 2011
by Steve Green
in Las Vegas Sun
Environmental groups and Indian tribes sued the federal government Tuesday, challenging plans for a $260 million wind energy farm planned near eastern Nevada's Great Basin National Park.
A lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for Nevada against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the government agency that approved the plan for windmills called the Spring Valley Wind Energy Facility.
The developer is designing the farm to minimize the deaths of bats and birds and other environmental impacts, the BLM said in approving the project.
Critics disagree with the assessment.
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