U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Arizona State Office
|Release Date: 10/18/13|
Maricopa Solar Park Meetings Rescheduled
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has postponed two public meetings concerning the proposed 205-megawatt Maricopa Solar Park Project.
The meetings were scheduled for October 23-24, 2013. The postponement is due to complications related to the government shutdown. The shutdown, which ended October 17, kept BLM employees from making preparations for the scoping meetings.
The project is proposed to be built 8 miles west of Maricopa, AZ, on public land managed by the BLM.
Here is the new schedule for the meetings:
Scoping meetings are held to give the public an opportunity to comment on matters to be considered in preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a project. The public also has the opportunity to provide comments by email or by U.S. mail.
Because of the delayed meetings, the BLM has extended the scoping period by 30 days. That means that comments received through December 4 will be considered in the project’s draft EIS.
The Maricopa Solar Park Project is a proposed photovoltaic solar energy project. The proponent, Marisol Energy 2, LLC, has requested the BLM grant a right-of-way for 1,730 acres of public land to build the project.
Information about the project is available at www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/energy/solar/maricopa-solar.html.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
Arizona State Office 1 North Central Avenue, Suite 800 Phoenix, AZ 85004
|Last updated: 10-18-2013|
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