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U.S. District Court judge William Hayes dismissed a request for a restraining order against the Ocotillo Express Wind Energy Project late last week. He found that the plaintiffs, CARES (Community Advocates for Renewable Energy Stewardship) lacked standing in the case. Attorney Bill Pate had represented CARES.

Ocotillo residents and other groups, including Native Americans, had been attempting to halt the construction of 112 towers, each 452 feet tall, in the valley surrounding the village. Their claim was that natural species (including bighorn sheep) would be obliterated, natural drainage would be altered, and that ancient worship and burial sites would be disturbed.

The project, on Bureau of Land Management acreage, is directly south of the southern boundary of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and north of Interstate 8, at the base of the Jacumba Mountains. You will see it as you enter the desert eastbound toward El Centro and Yuma.

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SurfPuppy619 Oct. 1, 2012 @ 3:21 p.m.

Judge Hayes is one the better judges at 940 Front Street.................

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Javajoe25 Oct. 2, 2012 @ 11:02 a.m.

Lacked standing? They had an attorney representing them. Isn't that enough anymore?

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SurfPuppy619 Oct. 2, 2012 @ 1:22 p.m.

When they say they lacked standing they mean the party suing has no legal interest in the lawsuit.....I don't know what the standing issue was here though, maybe b/c it was federal land, not CARES land. Who knows, it appears here the ancient worship and burial sites would be enough to give them standing.

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Javajoe25 Oct. 3, 2012 @ 4:34 p.m.

Precisely. I wonder if the judge has to give the basis for his ruling? I mean, he can't just say "You have no standing," and that's the end of it, right? There has to be more than, "Because I say so!"

I look forward to hearing more about this one.

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SurfPuppy619 Oct. 3, 2012 @ 4:54 p.m.

No, Hayes would lay out the law and reasoning. Judge Haye is excellent. The ruling is on the docket, and you can view the docket for free at 880 Front Street-4th Flloor clerks office where they have several computer temrinals for viewing case documents. if you're DT go in and check it out and report back.

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