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BLM Concentrating on Renewable Energy Projects That Could Meet Stimulus Funding Deadline

Fast-Track Approach Picks Up the Pace on Renewable Energy without Cutting Corners

Washington, DC (Dec 29, 2009) - With the December 2010 deadline for obtaining incentive funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act only a year off, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey today reaffirmed the agency's commitment to helping the nation reach its "green energy future" by guaranteeing full environmental analysis and public review for the 31 renewable energy projects that have met the required milestones to remain on the fast-track list for expedited processing.

Read more: BLM Concentrating on Renewable Energy Projects That Could Meet Stimulus Funding Deadline

Assessment Estimates Carbon Storage Potential of U.S. Lands

Nation’s Forests and Soils Store Equivalent of 50 Years of U.S. CO2 Emissions

(Dec 10, 2009) - The first phase of a groundbreaking national assessment estimates that U.S. forests and soils could remove additional quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere as a means to mitigate climate change.

The lower 48 states in the U.S. hypothetically have the potential to store an additional 3-7 billion metric tons of carbon in forests, if agricultural lands were to be used for planting forests. This potential is equivalent to 2 to 4 years of America’s current CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels.

Read more: Assessment Estimates Carbon Storage Potential of U.S. Lands

Federal Court Rules Wind Energy Project in Violation of ESA

Judge Prevents Project That Will Kill Hundreds of Thousands of Bats From Proceeding Without Federal Permit

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2009 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Federal district court Judge Roger Titus of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland has issued a comprehensive ruling that an industrial wind energy facility in Greenbrier County, West Virginia will kill and injure endangered Indiana bats, in violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The court concluded that "the development of wind energy can and should be encouraged, but wind turbines must be good neighbors." This is the first federal court ruling in the country finding a wind power project in violation of federal environmental law, and it highlights the critical importance of balancing the creation of renewable energy and protection of endangered wildlife species under the ESA.

Read more: Federal Court Rules Wind Energy Project in Violation of ESA

BLM Announces Record of Decision for Geothermal Leasing in Imperial County

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced the availability of the record of decision (ROD) for geothermal leasing of 3,322 acres of BLM-managed lands on the east side of the Salton Sea in Imperial County, Calif. Daniel Steward, acting field office manager for the BLM El Centro Field Office, signed the record of decision on Dec. 2, 2009.

Read more: BLM Announces Record of Decision for Geothermal Leasing in Imperial County

Wind Energy Comments Requested

Kingman, Ariz. (Nov 30, 2009) - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kingman Field Office is asking for public comment regarding the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the effects for a wind energy right-of-way application submitted by BP Wind Energy of North America for the Mohave County Wind Farm Project. The Western Area Power Administration is a cooperating agency for the project.

Public open house meetings to discuss the project are scheduled for:

Read more: Wind Energy Comments Requested

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