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The Marines and Operation Desert Tortoise




FILE - This Sept. 3, 2008 file photo shows an endangered desert tortoise, sitting in the middle of a road at the proposed location of three BrightSource Energy solar-energy generation complexes in the eastern Mojave Desert near Ivanpah, Calif.
FILE - This Sept. 3, 2008 file photo shows an endangered desert tortoise, sitting in the middle of a road at the proposed location of three BrightSource Energy solar-energy generation complexes in the eastern Mojave Desert near Ivanpah, Calif.
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For years U.S. Marines have trained and worked at their base in Twentynine Palms, California, and soon that base will be expanded. 

But before that happens hundreds of little desert tortoises need to be moved, and it's even been given a code name: Operation Desert Tortoise.  

We’ll talk about it with David Danelski the environmental and investigative reporter for the Press Enterprise.