• Petitioned Bob Abbey

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Director, Bureau of Land Management
Bob Abbey
Secretary, Department of the Interior
Ken Salazar
Director, Needles Office, BLM
Rusty Lee

Tell Ken Salazar: Stop Construction at Ivanpah

    1. Chris Clarke
    2. Petition by

      Chris Clarke

      Joshua Tree, CA

[Update: We've had a PARTIAL VICTORY AT IVANPAH. Please help us crank up the volume on this petition by sharing with your social networks. It's more important now than ever. Thank you!]

No one in their right mind disputes the urgent need to build our solar electric generating capacity. But the fast-tracked Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System project in California's Mojave Desert is the wrong project in the wrong place.

Ivanpah SEGS is destroying some of the best habitat anywhere for the federally listed Threatened desert tortoise. In late March 2011 the BLM announced that it expected to find as many as 140 tortoises on the 4,000-acre site — nearly five times as many as were allowed in the project's permit. Relocation kills tortoises. We need renewable energy, but not at the cost of killing off hundreds of members of an endangered species.

Ivanpah's builder BrightSource has promised it will take care of the tortoises. But BrightSource also promised, in sworn testimony and permit applications filed with the State of California and the federal government, that it would do its best to transplant the centuries-old desert plants on its construction site. The attached video (also viewable here) shows how BrightSource is keeping that promise: their construction equipment grinds up a Mojave yucca plant that is likely more than 400 years old in a matter of seconds. 

BrightSource lied about transplanting Ivanpah's ancient desert plants. Can we trust them to keep their word about protecting the desert tortoise?  BrightSource's major investors include Chevron and BP. This isn't "alternative energy" — it's business as usual.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has laid down the law: no Interior Department employee is allowed to speak in opposition to this destruction of your public lands for the short-term profits of a handful of energy companies. That's why we need you to speak directly to him: he's the one making the decisions.

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    • coquelicot hall JOSHUA TREE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Tortoises are more important than electricity for cities, most of which is squandered. Panels on houses and buildings in cities is MUCH more effective and doesn't ruin anything. It's all about killing for corporate profits. ugh.

    • Hope Tracey PALMDALE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Why are you authorizing my BLM lands to be given away to renewable energy projects? Almost every place I have frequented for the past several years are slated for such projects. There are A LOT more people than you realize who frequent the I-10 corridor east of the Coachella Valley and for my BLM lands to have just been given away without any consideration of the history not to mention the biological diversity of the area makes me sick. The desert tortoise in my opinion is only the tip of the iceberg. All too often people loose sight of the fact that there is history in this area-not only native american, but also pioneer, stagecoach, rail, and mining.

    • Judy Tillson SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please take some time before going any further with your project. Time to reflect on what natural resources we are losing, time to do what is right for our future. I completely agree & understand the need for solar power, but don't want it at the expense of haste & waste, all for your company's profits.

    • John Feeney BOULDER, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      Put solar panels on roofs, not in huge tracts of denuded desert ecosystem.

    • Alan Francisco SAN YSIDRO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      We've been trying to get the power giants to realize that these projects are not necessary for meeting the renewable energy goal, and they have not been listening. This development will be another ecological disaster.


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