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Company Overview of Bureau of Land Management

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Bureau of Land Management is a government institution that administers public lands for uses, such as energy development, livestock grazing, recreation, and timber harvesting, while protecting natural, cultural, and historical resources. The organization develops and manages more than 260 million acres of surface and subsurface public land and mineral estate. It also assists in the preservation of horses and wildernesses. The institution was founded in 1946 and is based in Washington, District Of Columbia.

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Key Executives for Bureau of Land Management

Director of Oregon and Washington office
Director of Eastern States
Acting Director
State Director of Utah
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Bureau of Land Management Key Developments

The Colorado River Indian Tribes Sues U.S. Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management to Block Construction of Blythe Solar Project

The Colorado River Indian Tribes accused regulators of violating a handful of laws when they approved NextEra Energy Inc.'s Blythe solar project in Riverside County, Calif. The 485-MW project is located on more than 4,000 acres of land overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. A Native American tribe in California accused regulators of violating a handful of laws when they approved NextEra Energy Inc.'s Blythe solar project on more than 4,000 acres of land overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The Colorado River Indian Tribes, or CRIT, is suing the U.S. Department of the Interior and BLM over the 485-MW Blythe project in Riverside County, Calif., saying the land where the facility is being built is crisscrossed by trails the tribe's ancestors used and contains important artifacts. The suit, filed Dec. 4 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, comes as solar developers hustle to complete projects before the federal investment tax credit expires in its current form at the end of 2016. The deadline is already putting pressure on developers of utility-scale projects such as Blythe, solar advocates say. In approving the project, the government violated the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act, the tribe said, in part for allegedly failing to conduct government-to-government consultations with the tribe and for allowing the developer to move forward before cultural-resource plans were in place. The tribe asked the court to require the bureau to rescind its right-of-way grant and bar future ground-disturbing activities within the project area. The Blythe project, which is being developed by NextEra subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources LLC, is due online in December 2016 and is estimated to cost more than $1.6 billion.

Comstock Mining Announces Progress on Permit Expansions

Comstock Mining Inc. announced progress on major permit modifications and enhancements, including the issuance of an expanded Class 1 Air Quality Operating Permit to Construct (OPTC) and Water Pollution Control Permit (WPCP) from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) and the commencement of the public notice period for a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to amend Right-of-Way (ROW) grant NVN 091237. NDEP: The company submitted an application to revise its existing OPTC, AP1041-2761, allowing for longer operating hours and increased throughput. The revisions allow the Company to increase the maximum allowable throughput of gold bearing material to 7,300,000 tons per 12-month rolling period and increase the hours of operation to 20 hour per day from the current limit of 12. NDEP Bureau of Air Pollution Control issued the revised permit November 6, 2014. The company also received a five-year renewal of its WPCP, NEV2000109, from the NDEP Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation. The permit, effective October 22, 2014, authorizes construction, operation, and closure of the approved heap leaching facilities in Storey County. Additionally, the permit allows for the construction of an additional cell to the existing heap leach facility. The company currently has eight active cells and anticipates construction of an additional cell in 2015. BLM: The company has submitted an application to amend ROW grant NVN 091237, submitted to the BLM's Sierra Front Field Office along with a draft Plan of Development. The ROW amendment would provide an expanded roadway that can accommodate oversized haul trucks, and allow the Company to deliver material from the mine to the processing facility, both located on private land. To evaluate this proposal, the BLM has prepared the American Flat Road/Lucerne Access Right-of-Way Draft EA. The BLM recently announced that it is accepting public comments on the Draft EA from November 10th through December 9, 2014. The company is currently mining in the Lucerne Mine that includes, among others, the Lucerne and Billie the Kid mining patents. Mined material is currently hauled, on a non-exclusive-use road, to the heap-leach processing facility under an existing right-of-way that was just recently extended to December 31, 2017.

Bureau of Land Management Appoints John Ruhs as Eastern States Director

Bureau of Land Management announced that John Ruhs has been selected as the BLMs State Director in Eastern States, based in Springfield, Virginia. Ruhs has been acting in the position since January. Prior to that, he served as BLM's Senior Special Assistant in Washington, D.C., and District Manager of the BLMs High Desert District in Wyoming. Ruhs will oversee the management of public lands and resources spanning the 31 states east of and bordering the Mississippi River, including nearly 40 million acres of mineral estate and approximately 10,000 acres of surface property.

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