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BLM Sells Land to Water Guzzlers During Drought

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new-logo25Debbie Coffey   ~ Director of Wild Horse Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation        Copyright 2013     All Rights Reserved.
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From 2002-2012 (ten years) the BLM Ely District in Nevada leased 3,952,231 acres for oil & gas exploration and development.  Think about it.  Almost 4 million acres in only one BLM District in Nevada.  This isn’t counting the acres leased in other BLM districts in Nevada, or in other states.

Fracking requires enormous quantities of water.  Estimates put water usage at between 3 and 5 million gallons per fracking of a single well, and each well can be fracked several times.

A recent Elko Daily Free Press article titled “Drought causes BLM to reduce grazing, other targeted actions,” stated that “In Nevada, about 60 percent of the state has been in severe or extreme drought since January.”

The article continued with “‘Since last fall and winter, we have been working with grazers across the West in anticipation of tough conditions related to drought,’ said Neil Kornze, BLM principal deputy director…’

‘As drought conditions continue, wild horses, livestock, and wildlife that rely on rangeland forage and water will face extremely challenging conditions that may leave them in very poor condition.  We are taking action to address these situations as quickly and as effectively as we can, but our options are increasingly limited by conditions on the land,’ he added.”

Apparently, the BLM’s options don’t include any thought of curtailing the lease/sale of public lands for oil & gas exploration and development or for mining, which use a lot of water.

On June 28, 2013, the BLM Ely District office issued a Preliminary Environmental Assessment for their upcoming December 2013 Oil and Gas Lease Sale, which is offering 399,873 acres of public lands in their district.

Then, only a few days later, around July 1 or 2, the Ely district started hauling water out to the Seaman Herd Area for wild horses there, because the seeps were low and there wasn’t enough water for the horses.  Rosemary Thomas, the Ely District Manager, said that although the stallions and dry mares seemed to be doing okay, the wet mares and foals weren’t doing well.

She said Ben Noyes, the Ely District Wild Horse & Burro Specialist, has been putting water in troughs and tubs (but the horses won’t drink out of them) and even rigged a hose and buried it out of sight, to refill the seeps.  Ben has been spending days and even nights out there with infrared binoculars to see if the wild horses are drinking.  A USDA APHIS veterinarian just went out there to check the body condition of the horses.  But the BLM may have to do an emergency helicopter roundup.

Now, knowing this, and knowing that the BLM has been aware of drought conditions since last January, let’s look at a rough map of a small area of the land that was put up for an oil & gas lease/sale on June 28, within and around the Seaman Herd Area:

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Now let’s look at a rough map that also includes the 2011 and 2012 oil & gas lease sales around the Seaman Herd Area:

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If there is a drought, and there isn’t enough water, why would the BLM sale lease land for a use that could use a lot of water? (If you were down to your last $2, would you run out and buy a yacht?)

Here’s how that 399,873 acres (being sold out from under the public) breaks down:

  • Newark Valley – 6,175 acres
  • N. Railroad Valley – 710 acres
  • Garden Valley – 158,924 acres
  • White River Valley – 107,581 acres
  • Jakes Valley – 12,159 acres
  • Maverick – 21,401 acres
  • Butte Valley – 2,184 acres
  • Steptoe Valley – 72,681 acres
  • Antelope Valley – 18,058 acres

While Nevada BLM districts have been hauling water to wild horses, it’s important to look at the “multiple uses” that are the real water guzzlers, that are allowed to continue without limitation.

The BLM’s mismanagement of the public lands seems to not only be adding to the drought crisis, but to be causing much of it, which will affect not only wild horses, but wildlife, livestock and irrigation.

Send your comments on the proposed lease sale by July 29, 2013 to the Ely District Office, by email at  blm_nv_eydo_dec2013ogsale@blm.gov More

HR 2685 MANDATING SMART METERS!

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new-logo25The SMART Meter attacks continue as a new bill is introduced HR 2685, that would mandate SMART meters and delete the requirements that customers must request or voluntarily accept the meters.  Malfeasance of office and extortion does not equate to “voluntary”.
Currently, there is no federal mandate for SMART Meters, but this has been bypassed by the threats to extort consumers with threats of excessive and unnecessary fees for refusing to have one installed by utility companies or having their service shut off accompanied by massive fines and penalties.  We can only imagine the amount of bribes that were paid to public utility commissions across the country in order to use their authority to attack the public with these dangerous and deadly meters.
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“That could be devastating  to the public’s ability to stop this horrific program.  The bill would  in effect, become the “Telecom Act” for smart grid.  For those who do  not know, the Telecom Act prohibits environmental effects from being  used by citizens in a court of law to protect their own health in  regards to cell towers and antenna radiation exposure.”
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Nationwide Conference Call to BLOCK New Bill that MANDATES SMART GRID in the US…

A new and VERY DANGEROUS bill has just been introduced conspicuously by a representative from PG@E territory.  It is called “Smart Grid  Advancement Act of 2013”, HR 2685.
Introduced:
Jul 11, 2013 (113th Congress, 2013–2015)
Sponsor:
Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA9]
Status:
Referred to Committee
 
Your participation is requested on a nationwide conference call this Fri., July 19th, 12 noon Pacific time (3:00 Eastern time) to help stop this disastrous bill from becoming reality.  Please email         contact@thepeoplesinitiative.org         to receive the call in number. 
Full text of the bill can be read here
This bill MANDATES that ALL UTILITIES within the US comply with it.  Meaning even utilities that currently do not have smart grid will have to  convert to smart grid if this bill passes.
We believe the timely introduction of this bill may be in direct response to the current lawsuits being brought against the utilities as it has been introduced in PG@E  territory, almost one month after PG@E was served with 6 cases of  physical harm, directly related to smart grid and smart meters.
Passage of this bill could potentially interfere with ours and others  ability to sue the utilities on this issue.  That could be devastating  to the public’s ability to stop this horrific program.  The bill would  in effect, become the “Telecom Act” for smart grid.  For those who do  not know, the Telecom Act prohibits environmental effects from being  used by citizens in a court of law to protect their own health in  regards to cell towers and antenna radiation exposure.  That means that  people who become sick or die from their exposure to cell towers and  antennas cannot take action in court.  In other words the cell tower has more of a right to life than the human being.  This bill could  potentially mimic the Telecom Act but for smart grid and smart meters  since the meters could be considered to be a part of the grid.
Here are some excerpts from the bill, compliments http://www.stopocsmartmeters.org/.  Red is bill language, blue is commentary by Maureen Homec.
1.  Section 2 (4) defines Load-serving entity as an  entity that “provides electricity directly to retail consumers with the  responsibility to assure power quality and reliability, including such  entities that are investor-owned, publicly owned, owned by rural electric cooperatives, or other entities.”  In other words:  ALL ELECTRICITY PROVIDERS.
2.  Section 5 (a) says “each load-serving entity, or, at the option of the State, each State with respect to load-serving entities that the State  regulates, shall determine and publish peak demand reduction goals for  any load-serving entities that have an applicable baseline in excess of  250 megawatts.”  In other words every provider has to reduce the amount of electricity provided.
3.  Section 5 (c)(4) says that “…peak demand reduction goals shall provide that…” “…are realistically achievable with an aggressive effort to deploy Smart Grid”
4.  Section 5 (d) says Each load-serving entity shall prepare a peak  demand reduction plan through either/and “direct reduction in megawatts  of peak demand through “energy efficiency measures  or use of a Smart Grid.  HOW ELSE CAN A UTILITY MEET THESE REDUCTION GOALS UNLESS THEY CAN FORCE IT  THROUGH RATIONING AND PRICE INCREASES WITH THE SMART GRID?
5.  Section 6 changes key wording in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  Wording changes:
“striking  ‘reduce energy consumption during the 4-year period beginning on the  date of enactment of this Act’ and inserting ‘increase energy efficiency and to adopt Smart Grid technology and practices’.”
“inserting after subparagraph (C) the following: ‘(D) purchasing and utilizing equipment that includes Smart Grid features and capability’ “

“by inserting ‘and smart’ after ‘efficient’ and by inserting after ‘products’ the first place it appears ‘, including products designated as being smart appliances’.”

(6) PEAK DEMAND REDUCTION- The term ‘peak demand reduction’ means the  reduction in annual peak demand as compared to a previous baseline year  or period, expressed in megawatts (MW), whether accomplished by–
(A) diminishing the end-use requirements for electricity; RATIONING AND PRICE INCREASES
(B) use of locally stored energy or generated electricity to meet those  requirements from distributed resources on the load-serving entity’s  customers’ premises and without use of high-voltage transmission; or
(C) energy savings from efficient operation of the distribution grid resulting from the use of a Smart Grid.

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