BLM says no to new mines in nation’s solar energy zones

July 9, 2013 by  
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Cathy Proctor
Reporter- Denver Business Journal

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New mining claims will be barred from about 303,900 acres of federally owned land in six states, including Colorado, for 20 years under a decision by the Bureau of Land Management.

The decision, announced Friday, formalizes and extends a two-year deferment, instituted in 2011, in new mining claims on federal land that’s considered ideal for big solar energy projects.

The land affected by the decision, published in the Federal Register, is in the 17 Solar Energy Zones in Colorado, California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

Colorado has four of the federal energy zones. Those four sites encompass about 16,308 acres in the sunny San Luis Valley.

Cathy Proctor covers energy, the environment, transportation and construction for the Denver Business Journal and edits the weekly “Energy Inc.” newsletter. Phone: 303-803-9233. Subscribe to the Energy Inc. newsletter

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