Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Desert Tortoise remains on threatened species Solar projects delayed

We came across this article about how the Desert Tortoise will remain on the threatened list.

This will effect all future projects (Solar, Maglev, DX, Ivanpah Airport, etc..) in the Primm Nv., Ivanpah Nv., and parts of San Bernardino County in Ca.


Desert tortoise to remain on list of threatened species

2011-06-03 14:50:30

A recently released five-year review of the status of endangered and threatened species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to list the desert tortoise as threatened.

Threatened species are those that are likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range. Fish and Wildlife is required to review each endangered or threatened species at least every five years.

Because the desert tortoise is a threatened species, all energy projects in the Mojave Desert have to make sure that the reptile is disturbed as little as possible and projects which find larger numbers of the tortoises than expected — such as the Ivanpah solar project near the California-Nevada border — can be shut down or delayed.

As part of the review, new information is considered on the population trends, population distribution, habitat conditions, and conservation measures of the species, according to Fish and Wildlife. A species is determined to be endangered or threatened based on present or threatened destruction of its habitat, disease or predation, inadequate regulations regarding the species, being overused for scientific purposes, and any other natural or manmade threat to the species.

  • DX, (because the tracks are laid at grade level) lots of animal tunneling areas will be required to be built under the tracks.
  • MAGLEV (because of the tracks are slightly above grade level) holes are made within the "slip-form" of the track... (from this weeks Maglev Movie Monday).

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