CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1996
We are grateful to The Times for mentioning the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund in your Nov. 4 editorial. Regrettably, hardly anyone knows about this excellent program, which helps consolidate our national parks and other priceless public lands that are so valuable to America's future. Lack of public awareness of the LWCF allows Congress to divert these special funds from their rightful purpose without the angry outcry that might otherwise be heard. Nearly $1 billion is collected annually from offshore oil revenue specifically for public lands, but only a paltry 15% gets used as authorized.
July 5, 2013 |
Utility-scale solar plants have been given priority over mining claims on federal lands, according to a decision announced Friday. The federal Bureau of Land Management withdrew more than 300,000 acres of federal land in six Western states from eligibility for new mining claims in an effort to preserve the land for commercial-scale solar energy development. The decision, published in the Federal Register, formalizes an earlier announcement to prohibit new claims for the next 20 years on public land previously identified for solar development in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.
December 6, 2012 |
Energy development on public lands and waters pumped more than $12 billion into federal coffers in 2012, $1 billion more than the previous year, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior. "These revenues reflect significant domestic energy production under President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy and provide a vital revenue stream for federal and state governments and American Indian communities," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement. Money from the extraction of oil, gas and coal from federal land is divvied up several ways, including substantial deposits into the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which purchases land to set aside for conservation.
February 19, 2014 |
Federal officials have announced the approval of two solar projects on public land in California and Nevada. The projects are expected to generate about 550 megawatts of renewable energy, or enough to power about 170,000 homes, the Interior Department said in a statement Wednesday. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the two projects are among 50 such utility-scale renewable proposals that have been approved by the department since 2009. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America The Stateline Solar Farm Project will be built in San Bernardino County about two miles south of the Nevada border.
November 2, 2013 |
A plan to double film permit fees on public lands has produced a rare moment of bipartisanship in Washington. Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) joined more than 50 other representatives from both sides of the aisle this week, sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Interior and Department of Agriculture requesting that fees for filming on public lands not be increased. The departments, squeezed by budget cuts, are considering a plan that would double filming fees. On the set: movies and TV Cardenas and a bipartisan group of representatives contend the higher fees would drive more production out of the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2012 |
CADIZ, Calif. - Three decades ago a group of businessmen pored over NASA satellite imagery as part of a worldwide hunt for large groundwater reserves they could tap to grow desert crops. They found the signs they were looking for here in the sun-blasted mountain ranges and creosote-freckled valleys of the Mojave Desert, 200 miles east of Los Angeles. The group, which founded Cadiz Inc., bought old railroad land, drilled wells and planted neat grids of citrus trees and grapevines, irrigating them with water that bubbled out of the desert depths at the rate of 2,000 gallons a minute.