Wind Farm Called Threat to Condors

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (CN) – California illegally approved a giant wind farm in the Tehachapi Mountains that will kill California condors and golden eagles, environmentalists claim in Kern County Court.
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Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, and Center for Biological Diversity claim the Department of Fish and Game violated its own regulations by issuing an “incidental take” permit to the co-defendant developer, North Sky Energy. The environmentalists also sued the Kern County Board of Supervisors.
The wind farm at issue includes the North Sky River and Jawbone Wind energy projects, which stretch across a combined 13,353 acres of windy desert roughly 200 miles north of Los Angeles. When completed, 116 turbines will produce up to 300 megawatts of clean energy, according to the complaint.
The lawsuit highlights conflicting goals among environmentalists.
“In general, petitioners support the development of wind and solar energy as a critical component of efforts to curtain the proliferation of greenhouse gases (GHG),” the complaint states. “Such efforts are vitally needed in order to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change and to assist California in meeting its GHG emission reduction goals.”

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