BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A California utility that invested in a Montana wind farm is accusing the developer of fraud.
San Diego Gas & Electric alleges a subsidiary of Spanish wind developer NaturEner concealed that federal wildlife officials recommended the wind project get a permit in case it harms eagles.
The utility claims NaturEner did not disclose the government's recommendation to induce SDG&E to invest in the Rim Rock wind farm near Cut Bank.
SDG&E and NaturEner have filed dueling lawsuits in California and Montana as part of a dispute over the 126-turbine project.
At issue is whether NaturEner followed through on contractual obligations to protect eagles and other birds that nest near the site.
A NaturEner spokesman rejected the fraud allegation made in court documents filed Friday in California Superior Court.
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