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Stateline Solar Begins Environmental Review Process

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun reviewing the proposed Stateline Solar power project, which is expected to destroy at least 3.4 square-miles of the Ivanpah Valley.  First Solar Inc. has been considering whether or not to move forward with this controversial project since the nearby Brightsource Energy solar project (ISEGS) has made headlines for its unprecedented impacts on the threatened Desert Tortoise.

Probably seeking to shield the company from expected opposition, First Solar is reportedly looking to strike a deal with NatureServe, a non-profit with Wall Street ties,  to draw up a conservation plan for the the Ivanpah Valley in an attempt to ease concerns.  However, desert biologists are alarmed by the scale of proposed solar and mining development in the area, which could jeopardize a robust tortoise population and pockets of rare plants. 
The relocation of dozens of tortoises from the adjacent Brightsource Solar project site during construction has already placed …