The sun is finally setting on the poorly-planned Calico Solar project, which would have been a serious threat to the desert tortoise, burrowing owl, golden eagle and other creatures of the Mojave desert.
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BREAKING: The California State Legislature passed a highly controversial bill (AB 1073) today allowing a single massive solar-energy project to bypass mandatory environmental reviews by state and local regulatory agencies.
Approval by Imperial County officials means work can begin on what will be the world’s largest solar farm.
“What’s frustrating about the Calico solar project is that the developer and the Bureau of Land Management can avoid the worst impacts to wildlife by being ‘smart from the start’ and moving the project to degraded agricultural lands near the proposed site,” says Kim Delfino, Defenders of Wildlife’s California program director.
Conservation groups have made a last-ditch appeal to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar urging the Bureau of Land Management to move the Calico Solar Project from vital desert habitat to degraded lands that could produce the same amount of energy, but pose less risk to imperiled wildlife and the environment.