Native Americans Vs. Solar Power

Regulators have approved the construction of 9 large solar power plants in California, but many are facing opposition from local Native American tribes who say that the environmental and cultural impacts were not fully considered.
December 30, 2010, 11am PST | Tim Halbur
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Todd Woody at Grist writes that the latest lawsuit, which impacts 6 of the 9 sites, follows a lawsuit last week that addresses one in particular:

"The suit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court in San Diego, follows a lawsuit brought by the Quechan tribe against the Interior Department for approving Tessera Solar's 709-megawatt Imperial Valley solar power station on the Mexican border.

That project would deploy 28,369 solar dishes-each 40 feet high and 38 feet wide-on some 6,000 acres."

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Published on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 in Grist
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