Call To Action: Voice Your Opinion To The BLM About Arbitrary And Capricious Fee Increases

Recently the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued Black Rock City, LLC (BRC) a five-year Special Recreation Permit. One of the stipulations requires BRC to pay for local law enforcement expenses in addition to the $4 per person per day in user fees that BRC already pays to the BLM. In the past the BLM has always paid for local law enforcement expenses from the user fee revenue. Legal counsel have advised BRC that this stipulation is “double dipping” that goes against the BLM’s own fee regulations. BRC has filed an appeal of that stipulation, which will be heard by the Department of Interior Board of Land Appeals. Appeals can sometimes take over a year to be decided. In the meantime BRC is paying local law enforcement expenses for 2006. If BRC ultimately prevails then the BLM will have to reimburse the expenses to BRC.

Thank you to everyone who sent public comments to the BLM earlier this year about the proposed new stipulations for 2006. BRC is satisfied with the outcome of the rest of the stipulation negotiations. The permit, stipulations and related documents are available for downloading here. [para_end]

Sempra Abandons Plans To Build Coal Plant Near Gerlach

Sempra announced recently that it has abandoned its plan to build a coal-fired power plant outside of Gerlach. However, Sempra stated that it will try to sell the development plans to another energy provider. So it’s possible that another company could buy the plans and build a coal plant near Gerlach in the future.

The Burning Man Project maintains its neutral stance on this issue. Burning Man participants come from all walks of life, and from all corners of the world. When faced with political or environmental questions, the Project cannot claim to speak for the entirety of its population. Politically, we engage only those matters that pertain directly to the survival of our event and/or the Burning Man overall movement.

For more information about the originally-proposed plant, refer to the Nevada Clean Energy website, and the official Granite Fox Power website. There is also an informative Los Angeles Times story about the situation. [para_end]