Tag: BLM

The Bureau of Land Management, Tribal Cultural Resources and Renewable Energy Development

My collegue Michael O’Connell issued the legal alert below on a recent significant Interior Board of Land Appeals decision concerning the intersection of tribal cultural resources and a BLM geothermal lease application: The Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA or Board) decision, Earth Power Resources, 181 IBLA 94 (May 12, 2011), deals with BLM action … Continue Reading

BLM Notices Interim and Proposed Rules Protecting Renewable Energy Development From Mining Claims

Stoel Rives attorney Heath Curtiss, one of the co-authors of "Federal Land Issues with Siting and Permitting" in our Law of Wind, describes a Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") plan to protect certain land suitable for renewables development from the location of mining claims : As many of our clients with right-of-way (“ROW”) applications pending before BLM know, … Continue Reading

Solar Energy Development on U.S. Bureau of Land Management Lands: Opportunities and Obstacles Created by Shifting Legal Sands

A legal update from our colleagues, Aaron Courtney, Michael O’Connell & Jake Storms: Unlike other types of energy development on lands administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") (e.g., wind, geothermal), solar energy has consistently encountered significant delays caused in large part by a regulatory authorization system that has yet to catch up … Continue Reading
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