Group files lawsuit against Pattern Energy and federal government, alleges "illegal" actions over Ocotillo Wind Project
Government accused of illegally approving "ineligible" project that failed to meet minimum federal wind speed standards
Violations of other laws alleged, including discrimination against low-income residents
June 19, 2012
by Miriam Raftery
in East County Magazine
Ocotillo -- A fourth lawsuit seeking to halt the Ocotillo Express wind facility has been filed in federal court. The plaintiff in this case, Community Advocates for Renewable Energy Stewardship, filed suit yesterday against Pattern Energy, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management and top government officials.
The suit, which seeks a permanent enjoinment or halt to the project, differs from prior lawsuits filed by other groups on several fronts.
First, it alleges that the BLM illegally amended the California Desert Conservation Area Plan to allow wind energy development in an ineligible... [continue via Web link]