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BLM grants more time for input on Vegas pipeline plan
by Tribune Staff
Jul 31, 2011 | 473 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Nevada office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will allow more time to comment on the draft environmental impact statement for the Clark, Lincoln and White Pine counties groundwater development project, moving the comment deadline back from Sept. 9 to Oct. 11.

“We appreciate the BLM being responsive to the many requests they received from organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens,” said Rob Mrowka, spokesman for the Great Basin Water Network (GBWN). “However, we reiterate that BLM should extend the comment period the full 90 days as we requested previously in order to consider the highly relevant information that will emerge during the state engineer’s hearing in the fall on the SNWA water applications in Spring, Cave, Dry Lake and Delamar Valleys.”

GBWN, the coalition of ranchers, rural residents, conservationists, tribes and local governments leading the opposition to the project, has published a “DEIS Guide” to inform the public how to participate in the public process. The guide highlights the potential impacts of the multi-billion dollar pipeline proposal that the BLM has identified, and critiques the flaws in the BLM’s analysis.

“We hope people will turn out in large numbers at the DEIS hearings Aug. 2 through Aug. 18, and we hope the guide will be a useful tool for folks to use at the hearings and as they prepare their comments,” Mrowka said. The guide is available on the GBWN website, www.greatbasinwater.net.

Hearings in Nevada are scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. in Pioche on Aug. 2; 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 3 in Baker; 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 9 in Ely; 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10 in Elko; 4 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 15 in Las Vegas; 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 16 in Alamo; and 3 to 8 p.m. in Reno on Aug. 18.

Utah hearings will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 in Delta and from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 in Salt Lake City.

Citizens can request a hard copy of the DEIS Executive Summary and CDs of the full DEIS by mail at: Bureau of Land Management/Groundwater Projects Office/ P.O. Box 12000/Reno, NV 89520-0006, or by emailing nvgwprojects@blm.gov. The report also can be accessed at www.blm.gov/5w5c.

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