Rare toad fight similar to landmark endangered species case


              FILE - This photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a juba skipper, a subspecies of skippers, in the meadows at Baltazor Hot Spring in Humboldt County, Nev., on Sept. 13, 2021. The Center for Biological Diversity is suing to block a geothermal power plant near Denio, Nev., in an effort to protect the the bleached sandhill skipper, a close relative of the juba, which lives only in this area. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP, File)
            
              FILE - This photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows Tiehm's buckwheat blooming at Rhyolite Ridge in the Silver Peak Range of Western Nevada, on June 1, 2019. A botanist hired by a company planning to mine one of the most promising deposits of lithium in the world believes the rare desert wildflower at the site should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP, File)
            
              FILE - In this photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity are the meadows at Baltazor Hot Spring in Humboldt County, Nev., Jan. 14, 2022. Conservationists who are already suing to block a geothermal power plant where an endangered toad lives in western Nevada are now seeking U.S. protection for a rare butterfly at another geothermal project the developer plans near the Oregon line. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP, File)
            
              FILE - In this 2020 photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity is a Tiehm's buckwheat near the site of a proposed mine in Nevada. A pair of lithium mines and a geothermal power plant in the works in Nevada are among the most ambitious projects at the forefront of the Biden administration's "green" energy agenda. The three ventures at various stages of development in the biggest U.S. gold producing state are also shining a spotlight on the hurdles ahead. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)
            
              FILE - In this image from a drone provided by the Center for Biological Diversity is the Ormat construction site for the Dixie Meadows Geothermal Project, with Dixie Meadows and the toad habitat visible in the background in Churchill County, Nev., June 28, 2022. On Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a bid by environmentalists and a Nevada tribe to halt construction of a geothermal power plant that opponents say would harm the endangered Dixie Valley toad and destroy sacred hot springs. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP, File)
            
              FILE - In this 2017 photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity is a Dixie Valley toad, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has temporarily listed as an endangered species on an emergency basis, near the site of a power plant site in Nevada. On Aug. 1, 2022, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a bid by environmentalists and a Nevada tribe to halt construction of a geothermal power plant that opponents say would harm the endangered toad and destroy sacred hot springs. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP, File)
Rare toad fight similar to landmark endangered species case