A special thanks to Marybeth Devlin for bringing this class to our attention.
BLM Nevada News
Battle Mountain District Office, No. 2013-21
Release: September 20, 2013
Contact: Jon Sherve, 775-635-4164, email: email@example.com
BLM Seeks Public Comments on the Environmental Assessment
for the Copper Basin Exploration Project
Battle Mountain, NV – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Mount Lewis Field Office is seeking public comments on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed Copper Basin Exploration Project that would be located five miles south of Battle Mountain, NV.
Newmont Mining Company has submitted a Plan of Operations to conduct an exploration drilling and trenching project. Newmont is proposing to disturb up to 200 acres of their project area which encompasses 3,169 acres. The disturbance would include roads, overland travel, drill pads, and trenches.
The comment period begins September 23, 2013 and ends October 23, 2013. Written comments received during this 30-day period will be considered during the decision-making process. The EA may be viewed at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field.html or a printed copy can be picked up at the Battle Mountain District Office at 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised, that your entire comment — including your personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Questions and written comments should be mailed to David Djikine, Project Lead, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1.2 RENEWABLE ENERGY-RELATED BLM POLICIES AND REGULATIONS
At the time of writing of this report, the BLM’s solar and wind energy is directed by the regulations and executive orders listed below. The policies and procedures cited in this report are applicable at the time of writing but are expected to evolve over the timeframe of the RMP. The right-of-way (ROW) authorization process, which is required for solar and wind projects, is also expected to change over time.
As of 2013, the BLM’s renewable energy policy is directed by the following regulations and executive orders:
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Title II, Sec. 211), which requires the US Department of the Interior to approve at least 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy on public lands by 2015
Executive Order 13212, Actions to Expedite Energy-Related Projects, which requires federal agencies to expedite review of energy project applications
Secretarial Order 3285, which requires the US Department of the Interior to identify and prioritize specific locations best suited for large-scale renewable energy production