An appeal is likely of the federal district court\u2019s recent dismissal of legal challenges to the 250 MW Ocotillo wind project planned on public land in Imperial County. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California Feb. 27 granted the summary judgment motions of the federal Bureau of Land Management and wind project developer Pattern Energy. \u201cWe are strongly considering an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal,\u201d Terry Wiener, the Desert Protective Council\u2019s conservation coordinator told Current March 4. The massive wind project would consist of 112 turbines on 12,400 acres of public land. The Desert Protective Council, Quechan Tribe of Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, and others sued last year to stop the project. They took issue with the project\u2019s immediate impact on raptors and Indian cultural resources, as well as its cumulative impacts on bighorn sheep. They asserted unsuccessfully that the agencies\u2019 impact analysis under state and federal environmental quality acts inadequately weighed less harmful alternatives and that the modification of the 12 million acre California Desert Conservation Area to make way for the project was faulty. They also alleged the BLM\u2019s resource inventory was inadequate The conservation groups are particularly concerned that Ocotillo is only one of several large wind projects seeking federal land near wilderness areas in Imperial County. The federal district court tossed out the suits last week, concluding that Interior\u2019s record of decision \u201cwas reasonable as it considered all relevant factors and provided an analysis that presented a rational connection between the facts found and the conclusions it made based on relevant law.\u201d Ocotillo developer Pattern Energy said the court \u201cconfirmed that we and the BLM followed the rules, working with Native American tribes, community groups and local residents during the development process.\u201d The lawsuits came after the Department of Interior filed its decision approving the project May 11, 2012. Of the project\u2019s 112 wind turbines, 94 are to be on public land. The generated energy is to feed into San Diego Gas & Electric\u2019s new Sunrise Powerlink line that stretches from Imperial to San Diego.