Battle Mountain Field Office No.2007- 15
RELEASE DATE: Immediate
CONTACT: Gene Seidlitz, (775) 635-4000
BLM Seeking Comments on Proposed Land Speed Record Attempts
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Battle Mountain Field Office (BMFO) is seeking public comment on a proposal for a Special Recreation Permit (SRP). The applicant, Marathon Racing, Inc. (Marathon), will attempt to establish a new land speed record on public lands in Eureka County, Nevada. The BMFO has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes the impacts of the proposed land speed record attempt. Comments will be accepted until September 27, 2007.
Marathon proposes to conduct land speed record activities on the Diamond Valley Playa with the purpose of setting a new land speed record. This would involve the use of a car equipped with a jet engine that would be timed for certified speed results, with the ultimate goal of at least 800 mph. The action would also involve use of selected aircraft to document the racing and help maintain safe operating conditions. Racing activities would be in accordance with the stipulations and terms and conditions as outlined in the SRP.
The project area would encompass approximately 2,500 acres including: a 15.6 mile length of “track” that would include several race lanes of various widths and lengths; a 3.9 mile long, two-track dirt access road from the Sadler Brown Road to the Playa; a spectator viewing and parking area; ground support and secondary parking area; and an area designated for the placement of timing equipment. The proposed track would stretch virtually the full length of the Diamond Valley Playa at a 12 degree angle from southwest to northeast.
To receive a copy of the Sonic Arrow Land Speed Record Attempt EA, call the BMFO at (775) 635-4000. Written comments may be mailed to: BLM, Battle Mountain Field Office, Sonic Arrow Land Speed Record Attempt EA, Project Coordinator Angelica Ordaz, 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV 89820. Comments should be post-marked or delivered to the BLM BMFO by 4:30 p.m. on September 27, 2007 to ensure full consideration. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personnel identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment–including your personnel identifying information–may be made publicly available at any time.