Court challenges could stall work on $1B Calif. solar project

04/24/2012 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

The rush to build massive solar installations -- such as Southern California Edison's $1 billion Genesis project -- raises the question of whether land surveys have overlooked sacred American Indian sites. Some tribes are preparing court challenges that could affect future solar and wind projects to be built in the desert. "The relatively undeveloped deserts are next in line," said Jon Erlandson, an archaeologist and director of the University of Oregon Museum of Cultural and Natural History. "But out there, fast-track processes that do not involve a lot of thorough research before building something are setting the stage for future conflicts and potential disasters."

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