The discovery last week of a dead hawk in the hills between the Ocotillo Express Wind Facility and the Sunrise Powerlink has residents of the nearby town of Ocotillo concerned about how their local raptors are faring with more than 100 new wind turbines in their town.
A Southern California judge has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service paid enough attention to the welfare of Endangered Peninsular bighorn sheep when it assessed the environmental effects of an Imperial County wind facility near Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
In the wake of this week's sentencing of eagle biologist John David Bittner on charges of handling eagles and other birds without a federal license, Bittner's colleagues in the environmental realm are weighing in -- and they have harsh words for their colleague.
At no more than 14 megawatts of planned capacity, San Diego Gas & Electric's proposed Ocotillo Sol power plant is a lot smaller than many desert solar projects. But it's still got wildlife and cultural protection activists concerned: the project would occupy 115 acres of Imperial County's Yuha Desert that had been set aside for protection by the feds.
A flash flood hit the southern portion of the Ocotillo Express Wind facility Sunday night, tearing up gravel access roads and dumping enough debris onto State Route 98 that the road had to be closed for a time.
Is there really enough wind in Ocotillo to justify the area's wind turbines? That's a question some Imperial County residents are asking this week, as Ocotillo Express Wind's operator Pattern Energy slowly brings back online turbines that had been shut down after a May accident.
Though the general consensus seems to be that southern California will get through the summer just fine without the permanently closed San Onofre nuclear power plant, officials at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) are pushing to make up what they say may be a shortfall by allowing the construction of an unpopular gas-fired plant near the Mexican border.
The 315-megawatt Ocotillo Express Wind project in Imperial County is shut down today after a 10-ton blade came loose from one of the project's 112 Siemens wind turbines, landing about 100 yards away on a public road.
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