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Report Shows Economic Benefits of Energy Production

Chairman Hastings Statement on Report Detailing Economic Benefits of Energy Production on Federal Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 5, 2013 - House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement after reviewing Dr. Joseph R. Mason’s report on the “Economic Effects of Immediately Opening Federal Lands to Oil and Gas Leasing: A Response to the Congressional Budget Office.” The report projects significant growth in jobs and economic activity—$14.4 trillion GDP increase, almost 2 million jobs created, and $2.7 trillion in federal tax revenues—that would result from increased energy production on federal lands.

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Renewable Energy Zone on Public Lands in Arizona Final

First-ever state-wide plan to identify, set aside previously disturbed lands to encourage wind and solar energy development

WASHINGTON, DC -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that Interior has designated 192,100 acres of public land across Arizona as potentially suitable for utility-scale solar and wind energy development, furthering President Obama’s ‘all-of-the-above’ strategy to expand domestic energy production.

The publication of the Record of Decision (ROD) for this initiative, known as the Restoration Design Energy Project, caps a three-year, statewide environmental analysis of disturbed land and other areas with few known resource conflicts that could accommodate commercial renewable energy projects.

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State, Federal Agencies Release Interim Document on Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

Sacramento, California - State and federal agencies have released an interim document on a plan that will protect important desert habitat and identify low conflict lands for renewable energy development in the California desert.

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is an unprecedented collaboration among local, state and federal agencies to streamline renewable energy project and transmission line permitting while conserving biological and natural resources in the California desert.

When completed, the DRECP is likely to be the most significant conservation effort in the desert in the last two decades. It will identify up to 8.5 million acres of the California desert for potential conservation, while strengthening and enhancing special recreation areas and identifying the areas for developing solar, wind and geothermal projects with the least environmental impact.

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Land withdrawals for energy development increased

BLM Issues Proposal to Continue Protections on Lands Approved for Solar Energy Zones

)Dec 14, 2012) - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today an amended proposal to extend protections on lands in six western states approved as solar energy zones.   The lands are currently protected from mining claims or other lands appropriations; today’s proposal would extend this management status for a 20-year period.

The Notice of Proposed Withdrawal of Public Lands is for approximately 303,900 acres on 17 tracts of BLM-administered land located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.  The notice will appear in the Federal Register on Monday.

The notice amends a previously filed application and proposal to withdraw public lands in the six states from settlement, sale, location, and entry under the public land laws, including the United States mining laws, on behalf of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to protect and preserve Solar Energy Zones (SEZ) for future solar energy development.

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Scoping Period for California DRECP Announced

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which may include amendments to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan, Bishop Resource Management Plan (RMP), Caliente/Bakersfield RMP, and Eastern San Diego County RMP for the areas that are within the planning boundary of the proposed Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). These potential plan amendments will be analyzed in the DRECP Draft EIS and CDCA Plan Amendment (PA), as noticed in the Federal Register on November 20, 2009 (74 FR 60291) and August 29, 2011 (76 FR 45606). By this notice, the BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues related to the proposed RMP amendments.

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