skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Friday, April 12, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Uncovering America's methamphetamine history; PA Early Intervention programs vital for child development; measuring long-term impact of the O.J. Simpson trial on media literacy.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

President Biden's name could be left off the ballot in Alabama and Ohio, the Justice Dept. mandates background checks for gun show purchases, and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds moves to allow state police to arrest undocumented migrants.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Housing advocates fear rural low-income folks who live in aging USDA housing could be forced out, small towns are eligible for grants to enhance civic participation, and North Carolina's small and Black-owned farms are helped by new wind and solar revenues.

BLM to Cut Solar, Wind Leasing Fees by 80 Percent

play audio
Play

Monday, July 3, 2023   

The Bureau of Land Management wants to cut leasing rates by 80% for wind and solar projects on public lands, and streamline the application process, in an effort to meet increasing demand for clean energy.

Bobby McEnaney - dirty energy project director with the Natural Resources Defense Council - said the new rules will create a system that allows public input, and ensure that investments in wind and solar will benefit communities.

"Wyoming has some of the best wind resources in the world, so there's going to be a lot of pressures to deal with," said McEnaney. "Doing that right is complicated, and I appreciate that the administration has started to think about how to do that, given that development is going to happen."

The new rules come on the heels of the BLM's efforts to put public lands leasing for conservation purposes on par with oil and gas extraction, a move criticized by the Petroleum Association of Wyoming as a violation of the agency's multiple use mandate.

The public can comment on the BLM's proposal until August 15.

Under current rules, the BLM bases wind and solar leasing rates on market-rate land values, which can be tens of thousands of dollars per acre.

Energy production on lands owned by all Americans have been prioritized for coal, oil, and gas extraction for over a century.

McEnaney noted that the oil and gas industry has had a big head start lobbying Congress to create rules that suit their interests.

"Until recently, oil and gas paid as little as a dollar and a half an acre," said McEnaney. "Wind and solar paid far more than they should. They've been disadvantaged for years, because they're simply late to the game compared to oil and gas."

But unlike oil and gas operations - where half of federal leasing revenues are sent back to states - 100% of wind and solar revenues will go directly into federal coffers, under current laws.

McEnaney said Congress needs to make wind and solar development more beneficial for local communities.

"Wind and solar is sited under a really old regulatory code, the same code that was used to site railroads and ditches," said McEnaney. "There isn't any structural law that allows for revenue to be distributed back to counties and states."




get more stories like this via email

more stories
Kentucky certified lactation consultant and birth doula Bonnie Logsdon has been vocal in her support for House Bill 10. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

In the final days of the legislative session, Kentucky Senate lawmakers could consider the "Momnibus" bill, which would increase access to critical …


play sound

Until recently, many Americans of Middle Eastern or North African descent were categorized as "white" in government surveys, making it challenging to …

play sound

Conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion are on the rise as lawmakers propose bills to restrict or ban DEI in state-funded institutions…


Enbridge owns and operates Line 5, a controversial oil pipeline that crosses tribal lands and runs under a portion of the Great Lakes. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Next week, Native American leaders from the Midwest will go before a United Nations panel with their concerns over a controversial oil pipeline they …

Social Issues

play sound

O.J. Simpson's death has the nation looking back on the infamous murder trial that resulted in his acquittal. Experts say one of the lasting impacts …

IRS Direct File is a new tax tool to file federal income tax returns for free, directly with the IRS. It comes with access to live customer service representatives who can answer tax questions. (stevepb/Pixabay)

Social Issues

play sound

Florida residents can now file their simple income-tax forms for free and save time through the Internal Revenue Service's Direct File pilot program…

Social Issues

play sound

New York restaurant workers need to know their rights to better navigate their workplaces. A new report finds high rates of what it calls …

Environment

play sound

People working for environmental justice are rallying today at the downtown Pittsburgh headquarters of U.S. Steel, voicing their concerns to company …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021