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Department of Interior Filing

Department of Interior Filing

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Department of Interior response to Defenders of Wildlife motion against two projects that would impede desert tortoise habitat linkage.
Department of Interior response to Defenders of Wildlife motion against two projects that would impede desert tortoise habitat linkage.

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ROBERT G. DREHER Acting Assistant Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice MARISSA A. PIROPATO Trial Attorney, Massachusetts Bar No. 651630 U.S. Department of Justice Environment & Natural Resources Division  Natural Resources Section Ben Franklin Station, P.O. Box 7611 Washington, D.C. 20044-7611 Tel
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 (202) 305-0470 Fax
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 (203) 305-0506 Email: Marissa.Piropato@usdoj.gov MICHAEL R. EITEL Trial Attorney, Nebraska Bar No. 22889 U.S. Department of Justice Environment & Natural Resources Division Wildlife & Marine Resources Section 999 18th Street, South Terrace, Suite 370 Denver, Colorado 80202 Tel
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 (303) 844-1479; Fax
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 (303) 844-1350 E-mail: michael.eitel@usdoj.gov
 Attorneys for Federal Defendants
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA WESTERN DIVISION
DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE, Plaintiff, v. SALLY JEWELL,
et al
., Defendants, and FIRST SOLAR, INC.,
et al
., Defendant-Intervenors.))))))))))))))) Case No. 2:14-CV-1656 MWF (RZx) 
FEDERAL DEFENDANTS’ OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER AND/OR A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION
Hearing Date: March 31, 2014 Time: 10:00 A.M. Courtroom: 1600, 16th Floor Judge: Hon. Fitzgerald
Case 2:14-cv-01656-MWF-RZ Document 33 Filed 03/26/14 Page 1 of 33 Page ID #:576
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................... 1 STATUTORY BACKGROUND ............................................................................... 3 FACTUAL BACKGROUND .................................................................................... 4 I. STATELINE AND SILVER STATE SOUTH SOLAR PROJECTS ............ 4 II. FWS'S 2013 BIOLOGICAL OPINION .......................................................... 6 STANDARD OF REVIEW ....................................................................................... 8 ARGUMENT. ............................................................................................................ 9 I. PLAINTIFF IS NOT LIKELY TO SUCEED ON ITS ESA CLAIMS. ......................................................................................................... 9 A. FWS's Analysis Of Desert Tortoise Connectivity Is Sound. .............. 10 B. FWS's Analysis Of Translocation Activities Is Sound. ...................... 15 C. FWS Rationally Evaluated The Current Status Of The Desert Tortoise And Its Habitat In The Ivanpah Valley. ................................ 18 D. Plaintiff Has Not Supported Its Request For Preliminary Relief. ....... 19 II. PLAINTIFF HAS NOT PROVEN THAT IRREPARABLE HARM IS LIKELY IN THE ABSENCE OF RELIEF. ............................................. 20 III. THE BALANCING OF HARMS AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST DO NOT SUPPORT PLAINTIFF'S REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY RELIEF. ............................................................................... 24 CONCLUSION ........................................................................................................ 25
Case 2:14-cv-01656-MWF-RZ Document 33 Filed 03/26/14 Page 2 of 33 Page ID #:577
 
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES
CASES PAGE
 
 Alabama v. U.S. Army Corps of Eng’rs
, 424 F.3d 1117 (11th Cir. 2005) .............. 10
 Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. Cottrell
, 632 F.3d 1127 (9th Cir. 2011) ................. 9
 Az. Cattle Growers’ Ass'n v. Salazar 
, 606 F.3d 1160 (9th Cir. 2010) ..................... 15
 Caribbean Marine Serv. v. Baldrige
, 844 F.2d 668 (9th Cir. 1988) ....................... 22
Conservation Congress v. U.S. Forest Serv
., 720 F.3d 1048 (9th Cir. 2013) .......8, 9
Conservation Congress v. U.S. Forest Serv
., 803 F.Supp.2d 1126 (E.D. Cal. 2011) ............................................................................................. 25
 Defenders of Wildlife v. Salazar 
, 812 F. Supp. 2d 1205 (D. Mont. 2009) .............. 21
Gifford Pinchot Task Force v. FWS 
, 378 F.3d 1059, 1066 (9th Cir. 2004) ............ 19
 Humane Society of the U.S. v. Locke
, 626 F.3d 1040 (9th Cir. 2010) ..................... 13
 Lands Council v. McNair 
, 537 F.3d 981, 987 (9th Cir. 2008) ........................... 9, 20
 League Of Wilderness Defenders v. Allen
, 615 F.3d 1122 (9th Cir. 2010) ............. 20
 Leiva-Perez v. Holder 
, 640 F.3d 962, 967-968 (9th Cir. 2011) ......................... 9, 10
 Mazurek v. Armstrong
, 520 U.S. 968, 972 (1997) ................................................... 21
 Munaf v. Geren
, 553 U.S. 674, 689-90 (2008) .......................................................... 8
 Nat’l Wildlife Fed’n v. Burlington N.R.R.
, 23 F.3d 1508, 1512, n.8 (9th Cir. 1994) ............................................................................................... 20
 Nat’l Wildlife Fed’n v. Nat’l Marine Fisheries Serv.
, 422 F.3d 782, 796 (9th Cir. 2005) ........................................................................................ 20, 21
 Nat’l Wildlife Fed’n v. Nat’l Marine Fisheries Serv.
, 524 F.3d 917, 930-31 (9th Cir. 2008) ............................................................................................... 19
Case 2:14-cv-01656-MWF-RZ Document 33 Filed 03/26/14 Page 3 of 33 Page ID #:578

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