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Release Date: 07/14/09
Contacts: Mike Blakeman 719-852-6212    
  Vanessa Delgado 303-239-3681    

BLM Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Solar Energy Study Areas and Land Withdrawal

Lakewood, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comment on its proposal to designate and withdraw public tracts of land for utility-scale solar energy development.

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the BLM are preparing an environmental evaluation of potential solar energy development in a Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for public lands in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.

The Solar PEIS will specifically address BLM-managed lands with high solar energy potential in the De Tilla Gulch, Los Mogotes East, Antonito Southeast, and Fourmile East areas in southern Colorado. Maps of the study areas are available in PDF format at Public scoping comments may be submitted via the Public Comment Form at The public comment period ends July 30, 2009.

During this comment period, the DOE and the BLM request comments on a total of 24 tracts of BLM-administered land in the six Southwestern states, which are receiving in-depth study for solar development. In particular, the DOE and the BLM are seeking comments regarding environmental issues, existing resource data, and industry interest in the proposed study areas.

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 mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 01-22-2010