HERE WE GO AGAIN. WASHINGTON DC WANTS TO PUT ONE OF THESE IN OUR FRONT YARD:
THIS IS OUR LAND, OUR WATER, AND OUR COUNTY.
The BLM-approved Soda Mountain solar project would sit right next to the entrance to the Mojave National Preserve. Taking up almost two thousand acres, the project would destroy views, hinder wildlife, drive away tourists, and injure the fragile local economy. It would also suck up 300,000 gallons of our precious groundwater every day for three years. Even the BLM’s sister agency, the National Park Service, has come out against this project.
San Bernardino County has already told the BLM that large, ugly, utility-scale energy projects should only go on severely degraded lands away from population centers and recreation attractions. The BLM ignored the county and put out a plan (the DRECP) calling for utility-scale energy projects on hundreds of thousands of acres in the High Desert, in what the BLM calls “designated focus areas” and “unallocated lands.” This would be an economic, social and environmental disaster for the county.
But the BLM doesn’t care. It wants the county to knuckle under and give groundwater well permits to the Soda Mountain developer (who expects to extract 300,000 gallons of groundwater a day for three years). Who will have to live with all the bad effects for many decades to come—maybe forever? The people of San Bernardino County!
WHAT WE ARE ASKING FOR
We ask the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to (1) deny the discretionary well permits for the Soda Mountain solar project. (2) adopt a resolution to the BLM saying no to development on “unallocated lands” in San Bernardino County. It’s time for a two-way dialogue, not a naked power grab by the BLM.