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The desert tortoise, a threatened species protected by the federal government, is fighting for its existence against the expanding encroachment of Big Solar into its native habitat of the Mojave Desert in California.
The battle between environmental groups and the fledgling green energy industry has prompted a lawsuit against the government to block the multi-billion dollar Calico Solar Power project, which would cover 4,000 acres of the turtle’s vital habitat.
The green groups want the company to relocate from its seven-mile campus to a less sensitive desert area.
That's an Expensive fence to say the least ....
This isn’t the first time the turtles have been threatened by the towering solar mirrors. When the $2.2 billion BrightSource Energy solar complex was recently constructed, the company spent $56 million to protect and relocate the reptiles, although at least one was accidently killed when it was run over by a vehicle.
The protection included a 50-mile fence costing $50,000 per mile to keep the relocated tortoises from moving back to their home.
Originally posted by TMG333
My best friend's grandpa owns a pet tortoise out here in the Mojave, coolest little dude ever. He's like 28 years old too! These reptiles are awesome and I hope they can stick around for a long long time.