Dear Readers and Friends of the California Desert, I urge your action against the proposed Soda Mountain Solar Project, south of Death Valley National Park and proposed for development immediately adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve. Renewable energy projects should be smart from the start, but the proposed Soda Mountain Solar Project is THE poster child for inappropriately sited renewable energy projects which threatens the Mojave National Preserve, bighorn sheep migration corridors, desert tortoise habitat, the endangered tui chub pup fish, and world-renowned scenic view-sheds. With your help we can help the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to understand the full range of impacts this project proposes for wildlife, viewshed, the Mojave National Preserve and adjacent Wilderness Study Areas. Together we will ensure that the BLM does not blindly approve this harmful project (what’s wrong with “green” energy?).
The Soda Mountain Solar Project is a proposed 350-megawatt photo-voltaic electric power generating plant proposed on 4,397 acres of public land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) some six miles southwest of Baker, California and immediately adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve (yes, immediately adjacent to a
National Park unit). The application by Soda Mountain Solar, LLC requests a right-of-way authorization to construct a solar field on 2,691 acres, a project substation, an access road, operations and maintenance buildings, and to realign approximately 3.3 miles of Rasor Road. The Sierra Club’s Desert Report recently featured a piece on this proposal which outlines this tragedy in the making. Author Sid Silliman explains that “[t]he consequences for the Mojave National Preserve are of special concern because the project threatens not only the particular resources and landscape that Congress mandated to be protected by the California Desert Protection Act of 1994, but the very integrity of this treasured unit of the National Park System.”
I urge you to please submit your comments by March 3, 2014 to:
Please share this post freely with others who care about our National Parks, protecting desert wildlife and views, and with those who care about holding renewable energy developers responsible for not harming our world-famous deserts (tourists travel from around the world to take in our vast and timeless desert views). PLEASE HELP STOP the Soda Mountain Solar Project!
Soda Mountain Solar Energy Project (comprehensive overview) Basin and Range Watch
Soda Mountain Solar Project Facts National Parks Conservation Association
Don’t Let Clean Energy Projects Stain National Parks The Sacramento Bee
Will A Proposed Solar Power Plant Near Mojave National Preserve Defeat Good Planning?National Parks Traveler
Mojave Desert not ideal for massive solar project The Press Enterprise
Overwhelming Opposition to Soda Mountain Solar Project The Desert News Post
Here we go again: Soda Mountain Solar ProjectHi-Desert Star
Saving the Mojave from the solar threatLos Angeles Times
BLM advances solar project that will harm bighorn sheepHigh Country News
L.A. won’t buy power from Mojave Desert solar plant, after all Los Angeles Times
MOJAVE IS A MAGICAL PLACE. LET’S PROTECT MY FORMER HOME Park Advocate
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