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BLM Seeks Public Comments – Draft EIS – Amargosa Farm Road Solar Energy Project

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on March 25, 2010


BLM Seeks Public Comments on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Amargosa Farm Road Solar Energy Project

(Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Related Documents)

Release Date: 03/19/10    Contacts: Hillerie C. Patton, 702-515-5046, hillerie_c_patton@blm.gov

Las Vegas – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Pahrump Field Office announced the availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Amargosa Farm Road Solar Energy Project in the March 19 Federal Register. Publication of the Notice of Availability initiates a 45-day public comment period ending May 3. The Draft EIS was prepared in response to a right-of-way application submitted to the BLM by Solar Millennium, LLC to construct and operate two concentrated solar thermal parabolic trough power plant facilities on public lands managed by the BLM in Amargosa Valley, Nev. Public meetings will be held to review and comment on the Draft EIS beginning April 6. The meetings will be in an open house format with information available about the Draft E IS and the proposed project. The meetings are scheduled from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on April 6, 7, 13, and 14 in Beatty, Amargosa Valley, Pahrump, and Las Vegas: 

  • Tuesday, April 6: Amargosa Valley Community Center, 821 E. Amargosa Farm Road, Amargosa Valley,
  • Wednesday, April 7: Beatty Community Center Hall, 100 S. A Avenue, Beatty,
  • Tuesday, April 13: Pahrump Library, 701 East Street, Pahrump,
  • Wednesday, April 14: Centennial Hills YMCA, 4141 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas.

The BLM is interested in your review and comment on the accuracy and completeness of the Draft EIS. Further details can be found at the BLM web page at www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/energy/proposed_solar_millenium.html. Written comments will be accepted until Monday May 3. Comments may be submitted to: BLM Pahrump Field Office, Attention: Gregory Helseth, 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130-2301, by email at solar_millennium@blm.gov; phone (702) 515-5173; or FAX: (702) 515-5023.

BLM to Gather Wild Horses Along Highway 93

Release Date: 02/12/10 Contacts: Chris Hanefeld, 775-289-1842, chris_hanefeld@nv.blm.gov News Release No. 2010-25

Ely, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Schell Field Office has issued the Decision Record for the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the U.S. Highway 93 Corridor Wild Horse Gather.

The BLM will remove approximately 50 wild horses that have moved out of the Eagle and Silver King herd management areas and are hanging out along U.S. Highway 93 north of Pioche.  The BLM is aware of at least three wild horses that have been hit by vehicles, and the animals need to be removed from the area for their protection and the safety of motorists. 
The gather is expected to start on or about March 15 and continue until the wild horses residing outside the HMAs are removed.  The BLM will use corrals baited with feed and water to gather the horses.   When caught, the animals will be transported to the National Wild Horse and Burro Center at Palomino Valley, north of Reno, Nev., or the Delta Wild Horse and Burro Facility, in Delta, Utah. 

The animals will be offered for adoption to qualified individuals.  Un-adopted horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and treated, and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.  The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter.

The Hwy 93 Corridor gather and impacts are described and analyzed in the EA, which is posted on the BLM Website at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/ely_field_office.html.  The BLM will also provide updates and information at the same Web address on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather.

On December 28, 2009, the BLM issued for public comment the preliminary EA for the Eagle HMA Wild Horse Gather.  In that EA, the BLM proposed to gather and remove approximately 495 excess wild horses from the Eagle HMA, plus the 50 wild horses that are outside the HMA alongside U.S. Highway 93.  The BLM has since determined that there is not adequate time to safely conduct the proposed Eagle HMA gather prior to the start of foaling season and has deferred issuing a decision on the proposed gather until later this year.  The BLM will conduct further environmental analysis of the proposed Eagle HMA gather at that time and will extend additional opportunities for public comment prior to issuing a decision on the gather.

For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District public affairs specialist, at (775) 289-1842 or chris_hanefeld@blm.gov.

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3 Responses to “BLM Seeks Public Comments – Draft EIS – Amargosa Farm Road Solar Energy Project”

  1. Amargosa Farm Road Solar Energy Project
    Chapter 3 Affected Environment, pg 80:
    Large mammals are not thought to be common to this area, however, burro tracks were encountered frequently throughout the Project area and two burros were observed traversing the Project area during the spring surveys. Wild burros are managed by the BLM. The closest herd management area (HMA) is the Ash Meadows HMA. This HMA boundary lies approximately 5 miles to the southeast of the Project area. Data for this HMA was last collected in 1990, and estimated that there were no wild horses or burros present (BLM 2009b). In addition to burro presence, a Bighorn Sheep skull was found in Fortymile Wash. No other big game species were detected within the project area.
    This project currently shows to be headed through the Ash Meadows HMA (NV209) which was zeroed out in 1993 and still has an AML of zero today. I’m still digging on this one… Something just doesn’t seem to add up…
    In the meantime…
    Las Vegas Field Office Resource Management Plan
    Planning Area
    T.

  2. LOUIE COCROFT said

    THERE IS ANOTHER PROPOSED GATHER–PETITION TO SIGN ON IDA WEBSITE–THIS ONE IS IN WYOMING:
    Help Stop Another Proposed Wild Horse Roundup
    Submit Comments By April 2!

  3. LOUIE COCROFT said

    WHERE IS PIOCHE? THAT SOUNDS TO ME AS THOUGH IT SHOULD BE MARKED AS OPEN RANGE. ANYONE DRIVING ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY KNOWS TO WATCH FOR CATTLE, DEER OR ANYTHING. YOU DRIVE SLOW AND KEEP YOURS EYES OPEN. I KNOW IT IS A DANGEROUS THING TO HIT A HORSE, AS THEY REAR UP, BUT IT ISN’T GOOD TO HIT A COW OR BULL EITHER. THIS “GATHER” SOUNDS TO ME LIKE ANOTHER EXCUSE.

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