WHAT:             Argument before the Southern District of California on the approval of the Tule Wind Farm, open to the public

WHEN:             Thursday, February 16 at 1:30pm

WHERE:           Courtroom 4A, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, 221 West Broadway, San Diego

WHY:                Because you care about birds, want to see sensitive wild lands protected, and support conversion to truly sustainable energy systems

Protect Our Communities has long fought the approval of a massive 12,000 acres wind farm in the middle of prime eagle breeding habitat and virgin wild lands in eastern San Diego County.  Many of the turbines would be constructed on a ridgetop home to multiple breeding pairs of golden eagles.  The turbines will put the local eagle population at risk from habitat destruction, death and injury from turbine collisions, and disruption of normal breeding and foraging behavior due to noise and other disturbance associated with industrial scale wind turbines.

POC fought an earlier case to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, but unfortunately, the eagles did not prevail.  But, our case against the Bureau of Indian Affairs for failure to comply with NEPA is still outstanding.  POC attorneys will soon argue for summary judgement before the federal district court and the judge’s ruling will likely be the final determination in this case.

The Honorable Judge Janis L. Sammartino has set the oral argument on the parties’ cross-motions for summary judgment for Thursday, February 16 at 1:30pm. The argument will take place in Courtroom 4A at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California (221 West Broadway, San Diego).

While there will be no public comment taken, the hearing is open to the public.