Interior Dept. report slams BLM for poor monitoring, lack of financial accountability at wind and solar projects on public lands
"Our review of wind project files revealed very little inspection documentation for wind projects and no monitoring plans," the report found. "One BLM field manager told us that wind projects `run themselves' and do not have many issues requiring monitoring.
In Ocotillo, where the Ocotillo Express wind project is under construction, residents have repeatedly complained about a lack of BLM monitors and have documented numerous problems on video and with photos, ECM has learned.
June 24, 2012
by Miriam Raftery
in East County Magazine
A scathing new report by the U.S. Department of Interior's Inspector General highlights "significant failures" by the federal Bureau of Land Managment in its stewardship over more than 30,000 wind energy right-of-way (ROW) acres and another 31,000 acres of solar energy ROW sites. View the complete report here.
In addition, the report exposed "weakness in financial accountability and resource protection including obligations to protect the Government's financial interest by collecting rental revenues, managing the bond process, and by appropriate monitoring and enforcing ROW requirements."
The BLM is poised to add another 21 million acres... [continue via Web link]