As reported earlier today by a number of news outlets (see for example this KCET article by Chris Clarke), the Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") will be issuing a Final Rule to facilitate right-of-way applications for lands with wind and solar energy development potential. As explained in the press release issued by the BLM, in the past
"lands included in a proposed right-of-way [would] remain open to the location and entry of mining claims while the BLM" considered the application.
However, the Final Rule, which will be published in the Federal Register, permits the BLM to temporarily ...
Recently, the State of Utah has been making eminent domain news as it seeks to condemn property from the federal government. Now, one California County is looking at a less drastic means of gaining some control over federal property.
On April 6, the San Benito County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to reopen 25 miles of previously closed County roads. While deciding to reopen its own roads might normally garner little attention, this decision is interesting because the roads are located within land owned by the federal Bureau of Land Management. The roads were closed in 2008 when the BLM ...
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