BLM continues land takeover

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the interior approved the first Solar Energy Zone projects.
This APPEARS to be in the Gold Butte region in Clark County Nevada, where The Bundy situation is still unfolding.
Bundy recently wrote a letter to legislators charging legislators to essentially re-instate Nevada's sovereignty as intended. It appears the Federal government has moved forward with the decades-long takeover of states' land by force.

Meanwhile, corporate(state) run media has focused Americans attention to accepting transvestitism as normal behavior.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon
pollution and create clean energy jobs, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today
announced the approval of the first three solar energy projects to benefit from the streamlined
permitting process of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Western Solar Plan. When built,
the three solar energy projects on public lands in Clark County, Nevada, will generate up to 440
megawatts of energy – enough electricity to power roughly 132,000 homes – and are expected to
create up to 1,900 construction jobs.
The Western Solar Plan allows for a more efficient and predictable permitting process by
focusing development in solar energy zones with the highest resource potential and lowest
conflicts. The expedited reviews of these three projects were completed in less than 10 months,
or less than half the amount of time it took under the previous project-by-project system. These
reviews also include consideration of the first regional mitigation strategy for solar energy zone
“Through thoughtful planning and upfront public participation, these solar projects demonstrate
we can reduce permitting times, create certainty for energy developers, and achieve better
outcomes for communities and the environment,” said Secretary Jewell. “Through a landscapelevel
approach, we are cutting carbon pollution and creating jobs through responsible solar
development on our public lands.”
The new projects – Invenergy’s Harry Allen Solar Energy Center, First Solar’s Playa Solar
Project, and NV Energy’s Dry Lake Solar Energy Center – were submitted for approval by the
three successful bidders to a competitive auction BLM held on June 30, 2014, netting $5.8
million for solar leasing on parcels of public lands in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone. The
auction was part of the competitive leasing process required for solar energy zones under the
terms of the Western Solar Plan.
“Today’s announcement realizes the promise of the Western Solar Plan and reinforces the
BLM’s commitment to smart-from-the-start renewable energy development in the West,” said
BLM Director Neil Kornze. “Projects like these demonstrate that regional planning and
mitigation can achieve much faster permitting times and better outcomes. The Western Solar
Plan provides a win-win approach for communities and for our public lands.”
The BLM will require a robust set of mitigation measures to avoid, minimize, or compensate for
adverse impacts of the proposed development, including an offsite mitigation fee to fund
mitigation projects that will compensate for unavoidable impacts as a result of the solar projects.
Additionally, the BLM will require funding for long-term tortoise monitoring, post-construction
monitoring of birds and bats in compliance with the approved Bird and Bat Conservation
Strategy, salvage and relocation of special-status plants, and measures to reduce visual impacts.
These measures reflect the mitigation standards set forth in the Western Solar Plan and the April
2014 Regional Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone. The availability of these
standards in advance of the June 2014 auction allowed industry to take future mitigation costs
into account when preparing to bid for parcels within the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone.
Under the Western Solar Plan, BLM has designated 19 Solar Energy Zones covering more than
298,000 acres of public land. If fully developed, projects in the designated leasing areas could
produce as much as 27 gigawatts of solar energy – enough to power about eight million homes.
Under the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Administration is taking a wide array of actions
using existing authorities to reduce carbon pollution, increase energy efficiency, expand
renewable and other low-carbon energy sources, and strengthen resilience to extreme weather
and other climate impacts. As part of the plan, announced in June 2013, the President directed
the Interior Department to approve at least 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity on
the public lands by 2020.
With the approval of the three Dry Lake solar projects, since 2009, the BLM has authorized 55
solar, wind, and geothermal utility-scale renewable energy projects on public lands, including
associated electric transmission facilities and infrastructure to connect to established power grids,
for a total of 14,599 megawatts of renewable energy capacity. When built, these 55 projects
would provide an estimated 23,000 construction and operations jobs, power about five million
homes, and attract private capital investments of approximately $36.6 billion

Carson City, Nev. • Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who garnered national attention a year ago when he and armed supporters engaged in a showdown with federal authorities, came to Carson City Tuesday with scores of allies to rally behind a bill seeking to reclaim land from the federal government.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Assemblywoman Michele Fiore and would require the federal government to obtain permission to use land within the state's borders. The proposal also strips the federal government of state water rights and would allow county commissions to parcel out state land for commercial use.

"We're here to take our state back and act like we're sovereign citizens," Bundy said at a rally outside the Capitol before the hearing. "We're going to own our rights here on this land."

The bill is part of a larger movement challenging federal government-property rights, especially in Western states such as Nevada, where federal and military agencies control about 85 percent of the land.

Eleven Western states have introduced bills this year on the matter, according to Jessica Goad of the Denver-based conservation group Center for Western Priorities. The Nevada bill asserts the federal government has no right to the lands, while other bills merely call for a study on federal land ownership or demand the federal government turn over the lands.

Such measures are routinely considered unconstitutional, even when they pass. But supporters see them as an important part of the fight to assert states' rights.

Bundy has said he doesn't recognize federal authority on the land near Bunkerville, which his family settled and has used since the late 1870s.

The Bureau of Land Management officials have accused him of failing to pay grazing fees for 20 years, racking up more than $1.1 million in fees and penalties, and failing to abide by court orders to remove his cattle from vast open range, which is habitat for the endangered desert tortoise.

His standoff with the federal government and BLM last year attracted out-of-state militia members and was called off by federal agents April 12, amid fears of a shootout, although BLM officials say they haven't given up on their case.

BLM is a joke Phone Post 3.0

ThEUniT - BLM is a joke Phone Post 3.0

A powerfully dangerous one

I'm all for it if it's mean free energy for those residents. But we all know that some major energy or oil corporation already have dibs on running those structures. So we have taken from the people once again and now the people will have to pay for a product that essentially is free to everyone if you have the means and capital to harness it. Thanks obama!!!! Phone Post 3.0

baj54 - I'm all for it if it's mean free energy for those residents. But we all know that some major energy or oil corporation already have dibs on running those structures. So we have taken from the people once again and now the people will have to pay for a product that essentially is free to everyone if you have the means and capital to harness it. Thanks obama!!!! Phone Post 3.0
Yeah, it's a racket. I love solar power and jobs.
But not at the cost of destroying our republic. Phone Post 3.0