Meet the “Million dollar tortoises”
December 29, 2009
A northern California energy company will pay $25 million to relocate 25 threatened desert tortoises who live on the site of a proposed massive solar power plant in rural San Bernadino County.
The move by Oakland-based BrightSource Energy, as reported in the San Bernadino Sun, underscores the often high cost of environmental laws when building in California. BrightSource plans to use 4,000 acres of desert land for its power plant, located about five miles southwest of Primm, Nev.
However, to meet all environmental regulations, BrightSource must pay to acquire, clean and protect about 12,000 acres of additional land.