Judge denies temporary restraining order for Ocotillo Express wind project
Quechan contends the project will cause irreparable harm to hundreds of cites including burial and cremation sites, as well as tens of thousands of artifacts. Forensic dog teams hired by tribes last week found six new cremation sites. Tribal members, who in modern times have continued to use the site for ceremonial purposes, also sought to protect views of mountains sacred in their religious beliefs of creation.
May 25, 2012
by Miriam Raftery
in East County Magazine
Judge Hayes ruled this destruction is not "irreparable harm"
(San Diego) - Dashing hopes of tribal members hoping to halt destruction of the desert and desecration of the ancestor's graves, United States District Judge William Q. Hayes has denied a temporary restraining order sought by the Quechan Indians to halt the Ocotillo Express wind project.
During a hearing Friday in San Diego, Quechan's attorney told Judge Hayes that applicant Pattern Energy effectively argued that for a renewable energy project to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), all that's required is to study the impact-not to take... [continue via Web link]