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Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., Introduces Bill To Let City Of Carlin Purchase 5,000 Acres Of Federal Land

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 2:05 pm August 2nd, 2012

CARSON CITY – Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., has introduced H.R. 6282, the Carlin Economic Self-Determination Act, which would give the City of Carlin the opportunity to purchase nearly 5,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management lands surrounding the city at fair market value for the purpose of multi-use development.

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev.

“Carlin’s situation is the sort of problem we would like to have more of in Nevada,” Amodei said. “Thanks to the high-paying jobs created by the mining industry, Carlin needs room for growth, particularly housing. This bill would enable the local community to determine its own economic future by purchasing parcels, as needed, for smart, sustainable development.”

Amodei, elected to the 2nd Congressional District in a special election in September 2011, is a member of the House Natural Resources Committee. H.R. 6282 is the 10th bill he has introduced designed to give Nevada greater local control over its public lands. More than 85 percent of Nevada is controlled by the federal government.

House Natural Resources Committee Passes Yerington Land Transfer Bill

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 3:14 pm June 7th, 2012

CARSON CITY – The House Natural Resources Committee today passed, with bipartisan support, H.R. 4039, the Yerington Land Conveyance and Sustainable Development Act, which was introduced by Congressman Mark Amodei, R-Nev.

“I want to thank Chairman (Doc) Hastings and my colleagues on the Natural Resources Committee for their thoughtful consideration and support of this bill, which is of vital importance to the people of Yerington, Lyon County, and Northern Nevada,” Amodei said.

“I will continue to work with my fellow Nevadans and original cosponsors, Representatives (Shelley) Berkley and (Joe) Heck, as well as Majority Leader (Eric) Cantor, to bring the bill up for a timely vote before the full House of Representatives,” he said. “I am grateful for the attention the committee has given to the legislation to facilitate its movement. I look forward to the bill’s final passage in the House and its arrival in the Senate where I trust it will encounter the same display of bipartisanship. Go Harry Reid and Dean Heller.”

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev.

The bill would convey approximately 11,000 acres of land administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to the City of Yerington for economic, recreational, and cultural development. The city and Lyon County are seeking to leverage the substantial infrastructure investments being made by Nevada Copper at its nearby Pumpkin Hollow project.

Nevada Copper, which broke ground on the Pumpkin Hollow project in February, invested nearly $50 million in exploration to justify the $1 billion investment necessary to fully develop the mine. The mine will produce 250 to 300 million pounds of copper per year. The initial shaft sinking is already producing economic benefits with the creation of 30 to 40 jobs. An additional 250 to 500 construction jobs could start in 2013 if the land transfer is successful. At full operation in 2015-2016, Pumpkin Hollow is projected to employ 750 to 800 people directly.


Rep. Amodei Introduces Bill To Speed Public Land Transfers

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 10:30 am April 30th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., today introduced legislation to accelerate the process for transferring small parcels of federal land to local communities.

The “Small Lands Tracts Conveyance Act,” H.R.4976, is aimed at reducing the decade-long process that now exists for many land transfers in Western states, even those that are noncontroversial, he said.

Amodei, who represents the 2nd Congressional District covering much of rural Nevada, said that while such transfers need to be scrutinized, the bureaucratic regulatory maze and slow legislative process are the main culprits in dragging out the transfers.

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev.

“Why should it take more than 10 years for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to transfer the lands they don’t want to local stakeholders who do?” asked Amodei. “What’s needed is an efficient process that promotes community-directed uses and reasonable economic development. In Nevada, where the federal government controls more than 85 percent of the land, these administrative and legislative delays are a wet blanket on our economy and our conservation efforts.”

The bill defines a “small tract” as 160 acres or less and would limit the transfer process for such lands to 18 months by establishing firm deadlines for the BLM and USFS to meet. It would exclude lands with established federal protection for cultural, biological, or endangered species issues.

If parcels are purchased by private entities for fair market value, 50 percent of the revenues from the sales would go to the county governments in which the lands are located, with the other 50 percent going to the federal treasury. If non-private entities purchase lands, such as county governments, 100 percent of the revenues would go to the treasury.

“This bill is a win-win-win,” Amodei said. “It would save the taxpayers, BLM and the USFS the expense of managing an excessive portfolio of federal lands. It would generate revenue for local and federal government, which could be used for deficit reduction. And most importantly, it would give states like Nevada the freedom to determine how best to use our own lands, whether it’s for economic development, farming and ranching, or conservation.”

The legislation would not apply to another measure sponsored by Amodei and other members of the Nevada Congressional delegation seeking to transfer approximately 10,000 acres of BLM land to Lyon County and the city of Yerington for industrial, recreational and cultural development.

The transfer would allow the governments to leverage the substantial infrastructure investments being made by Nevada Copper at its nearby Pumpkin Hollow project.

The Yerington Land Conveyance and Sustainable Development Act had a hearing earlier this month.

Amodei told the Reno Gazette-Journal he is optimistic about getting the bill through the House by the summer, although its future in the Senate is less certain.

Control of federal lands in the West was one subject of a Friday conference sponsored by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. Gov. Brian Sandoval attended by phone.

Following the meeting, Sandoval said in a statement: “I was pleased to join part of today’s Rocky Mountain Roundtable discussion via phone. Now that we’ve begun the discussion, I believe we should work together and have a strategy as issues pertaining to Western states arise. I suggested regular conversations and I look forward to continued partnerships among Western states.”

BLM Rejects Sandoval Proposal To Speed Up Mining Permit Process, But State Says Progress Being Made

By Sean Whaley | 5:15 pm November 28th, 2011

CARSON CITY – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has rejected a proposal from Gov. Brian Sandoval to speed up the notice requirements needed for the approval of new and expanded mining operations, but the agency said in a letter that progress has been made in expediting the process.

Sandoval in September sent a letter to President Obama asking that the Washington, DC-level review of Federal Register notices for mining projects be bypassed. Allowing state offices to send the notices directly would save time and help create jobs in Nevada, he said.

Courtesy of the Newmont Mining Corp.

BLM Director Bob Abbey, in a letter to Sandoval received Nov. 18, rejected the proposal, but said the agency is working to improve the process.

“Early this year, I committed to representatives of Nevada’s mining industry to speed up the process with Notices of Intent and Notices of Availability,” he said. “I am happy to report to you that since our meeting this summer, the efficiency of recent notice reviews by the BLM Washington Office has exceeded expectations.”

Abbey cited a notice that arrived in the BLM Washington Office on Sept. 15 that was cleared for publication on Sept. 26.

Dale Erquiaga, senior adviser to Sandoval, said today that despite the rejection of Sandoval’s proposal, there is evidence the permitting process has been improving.

“The letter makes it pretty clear that the administration in Washington won’t be changing their procedures from a regulatory standpoint,” he said. “The good news is we have though seen a significant change in how the regulations are applied in terms of process. We’ve had a number of reports to the office lately that the permitting process has speeded up and they are moving much more quickly.”

Erquiaga cited a Newmont Mining Corp. project that recently benefited from the expedited process.

“They may not be changing their written procedures, but they are actually changing the process and we appreciate that very much,” he said. “This is not an issue to split hairs over the legality of federal rules. The goal is to get these permits through the process so that we can get Nevadans working and we’re seeing some great results with that. The end result is what matters.”

Erquiaga said the governor’s staff has been meeting regularly with state BLM officials, meetings that have produced positive results.

Mary Korpi, director of external relations for Newmont’s North American region, said the project benefiting from the speedy Federal Register noticing requirement is the Phoenix Copper Leach expansion south of Battle Mountain.

That process has in the past taken up to a year, but took only 42 days in this instance, she said. Ultimately 50 new long-term jobs are expected from the expansion.

“It was a significant improvement in the time factor,” Korpi said. “It is now published and out for comment. We are very, very pleased.”

Tim Crowley, president of the Nevada Mining Association, said he believes Sandoval’s letter has had an effect on speeding up the permitting process, and noted that Abbey also appreciates the need to move as quickly as possible.

“The mining industry does have a lot of new projects on line and ready to go,” he said. “Where possible, without compromising the environmental integrity of the permitting process, we ought to be working as quickly as possible to get these projects going and get people working. And so yes, I do think his letter has had a great impact.”

There are pieces of the regulatory process that do not add value, Crowley said.

Sandoval noted in his Sept. 16 letter that mine permitting is presently a multi-layer process that requires sequential approval by many different offices before a notice can be sent, which he said lengthens the timeline by many months and in some cases years. Prior to 2001, BLM state offices had the authority to send notices directly to the Federal Register without prior review by Washington, DC, he said.

“This is my first request of President Obama since becoming governor,” Sandoval said in a press release. “I need his help to get Nevadans working again, and we have identified a very specific step he can take to spur job creation in our mining industry.”

In his letter, Abbey rejected Sandoval’s proposal.

BLM Director Bob Abbey.

“We have learned from experience that departmental policy review is very important,” he said. “The BLM Regulatory Affairs Division ensures the delivery of notices to the Federal Register in a manner that meets strict style, formatting and legal requirements.”

Abbey also noted that the timely processing of Federal Register notices, “is central to the BLM’s ability to carry out its mission,” and that the agency issues a directive in December 2009 for consistent handling of notices that had historically experienced delays to improve the processing time required for publication.

He also noted that the agency recently instituted comprehensive training for those involved in developing Federal Register notices to ensure they are standardized and of high quality to expedite the process.


Audio clips:

Dale Erquiaga, senior adviser to Gov. Brian Sandoval, said today that despite the rejection of Sandoval’s proposal, there is evidence the permitting process has been improving:

112811Erquiaga1 :26 much more quickly.”

Erquiaga says the goal is to get Nevadans working:

112811Erquiaga2 :12 results with that.”

Nevada Mining Association President Tim Crowley says he believes Sandoval’s letter has helped:

112811Crowley :23 a great impact.”

Nevada’s Newest Congressman On His Way To Washington, DC For Swearing In Thursday

By Sean Whaley | 1:24 pm September 14th, 2011

CARSON CITY – Nevada’s newest representative to Washington, DC was in the air today on his way east to be sworn in as the fourth person to serve in the 2nd Congressional District.

In an interview today before departing for his new job, former state Sen. Mark Amodei said he expects to be sworn into office Thursday and be casting votes the same day.

“My job now is to make all those 75,000 voters look like smart people,” he said of those who cast their ballots for him.

Newly elected Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., at a debate last month. / Nevada News Bureau file photo.

Amodei handily won the Tuesday special election to replace Dean Heller, beating Democrat and state Treasurer Kate Marshall by more than 20 points.

Like Heller, appointed to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Brian Sandoval to replace John Ensgin, who resigned, Amodei is a Carson City resident. Amodei said he plans to fly home each week to keep in touch with his constituents.

“If you’re going to be effective you have to be in touch with the folks who gave you the job,” the Congressman-elect said.

Amodei said he will report to the House Speaker’s office at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and take the oath of office by about 10 a.m.

“We’re going to go back and get sworn in and start the stuff with staff and the office and just kind of get up to speed and operating,” he said. “There is a ton to do so I’m sure it will be a pretty fully employed . . . next couple of weeks.”

Despite leading in the polls up to election day, Amodei said he did not purchase his Southwest Airlines ticket to Washington until last night after returns showed him winning the open seat.

Amodei said it is humbling to win so much support from voters, including Washoe County, where Republicans don’t always do well in general elections. Amodei took the county by more than 7,000 votes over Marshall, a Reno resident.

Making reference to the other special house election, where Republican Bob Turner won in New York City in a district held by Democrats for decades, Amodei said the GOP victories could help foster more cooperation in Congress.

“I think the overall message is, people are tired of what’s been going on the last few years, so let’s figure out where we need to go that makes some sense that hasn’t been tried and failed,” he said.

Land use regulations are the major issue facing Nevada and the residents of the district, Amodei said.

“I’m looking forward to going over to the Department of Interior before the end of the week and introducing myself to the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) folks and just saying, hey, you know what, we have a lot of work to do in Nevada,” Amodei said. “I’m not impugning anybody’s work product but the time frames absolutely, positively have to change.”

Eighty-seven percent of Nevada is under the control of various federal agencies. The BLM controls 67 percent of the state alone.

“You just can’t take years to make decisions when the economy is in the shape it’s in,” he said. “I mean make whatever decision you think is appropriate. But this slow play stuff which is a de facto shut down of land use in Nevada; that’s priority No. 1 for me.”


Audio clips:

Newly elected Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., says it will be a busy fall for him in his new job:

091411Amodei1 :21 couple of weeks.”

Amodei says voters are tired of the failures of those in Washington to solve the nation’s problems:

091411Amodei2 :11 and failed, so.”

Amodei says he will meet with the BLM to tell them the regulatory process needs to be streamlined:

091411Amodei3 :31 it is in.”

Amodei says the current process is a de facto shut down of land use in Nevada:

091411Amodei4 :13 No. 1 for me.”

BLM to analyze water pipeline cost after public opposition to project

By Anne Knowles | 3:22 pm August 19th, 2011

SPARKS — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) now plans to consider not only the environmental impact but also the economic viability of Southern Nevada Water Authority’s (SNWA) multi-billion dollar plan to pump water from central Nevada into Las Vegas.

In an unusual move, the BLM will do its own economic analysis of the pipeline project and include the results in its final environmental impact statement (EIS) scheduled to be released sometime next year.

“There is quite a bit of interest in doing an analysis of the feasibility of the project, the economic feasibility, which BLM doesn’t usually do in its NEPA documents, but in this case I think we should,” said Penny Woods, project manager, BLM Nevada Groundwater Projects, at the final public meeting to discuss the project’s EIS. “We’ll probably figure out what we need and ask SNWA for the data.”

NEPA stands for National Environmental Policy Act, the law requiring the BLM do a study such as an EIS on major projects.

The BLM decided to add the economic critique in response to an outpouring of opposition to the project during a series of nine public meetings the federal agency held this month.

Critics of the water importation project have long questioned whether the pipeline, estimated by SNWA to cost $3.5 billion, is worth its price tag, especially in the current economy.

“We think $3.5 billion is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Susan Lynn, executive director of Public Resource Associates in Reno and a member of the board of directors at Great Basin Water Network, a coalition of about 40 groups working together to stop the project.

While Lynn is gratified the BLM is looking into the dollars and sense of the project, she’s concerned it may be moot.

“It will be too late to comment on,” said Lynn. “We usually only have 30 days (to comment after the final EIS), then they issue a record of decision and the record of decision is final, and you have the right to appeal.”

Once the BLM publishes its final EIS, the BLM state director, Amy Lueders, is required to consult with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and deliver a so-called record of decision on the project, no earlier than 30 days after the final EIS becomes available. She may also consult with the BLM state director in Utah before making the decision because the project involves Snake Valley, which is located in both Nevada and Utah, said Woods.

The decision could also be made at a higher level – by the Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior – if it looks like it may be challenged in court.

The BLM’s decision is whether to grant SNWA the rights-of-way (ROW) on federal lands needed to build the 300-mile pipeline.

The series of public meetings BLM hosted on the project concluded yesterday with a three-hour gathering in the sweltering gymnasium of Sparks High School. Earlier meetings were held throughout the area where the planned pipeline would be built, as well as in Elko, Salt Lake City, and Henderson, which boasted the largest crowd of 140 attendees.

About 30 people sat in the audience while more than a dozen people spoke in opposition to the project during the public comment portion of the Sparks meeting.

Several speakers asked questions about the need for the project in light of the economic downturn.

“One in three homes in Las Vegas are in foreclosure,” said Jan Gilbert, a Washoe Valley resident and Northern Nevada Coordinator of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. “The question arises, what are we doing? People are leaving the state, not coming to it. Who is going to pay for it? Is everyone in the state going to pay for it?”

According to Jeff Hardcastle, the state demographer, population growth in the state has been flat since 2007, when there was a decline after decades of growth. He said a forecast by Moody’s Analytics projects a strong rebound in gaming, tourism and construction after 2013.

“I think they’re overly optimistic,” said Hardcastle. “If you look at other scenarios, it’s almost no growth or flat.”

“We don’t believe the (estimated) costs are anywhere near what it will cost,” said Frank Whitman with the Lander County Public Land Use Advisory Commission. “Once you’re in for a penny, you’re in for a pound. And we’re worried it opens the door to taking water from other counties.”

Others who attended the meeting talked about the impact to the environment, including the caves of the Great Basin National Park, which don’t get talked about as much as the wildlife and range lands.

Jim Patera, a spelunker from Washoe Valley, said he became alarmed by the final sentence in the EIS’ executive summary, which reads, “Concern has been voiced by National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, local counties and others about the impacts to water-dependent resources of interest from the proposed groundwater withdrawals associated with the project.”

Patera said he contacted the BLM to request any documentation relating to those voiced concerns.

“When I asked BLM, I was told they were confidential and could not be made public,” said Patera, who has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to gain access to the documents.

BLM’s Woods, after the meeting, said the park service and others were replying to what she called precursor documents and that their concerns were incorporated in the draft EIS elsewhere. She also said their comments were not in a form of documentation releasable under the FOIA.

Next month the pipeline will be subject to even more public scrutiny when the state engineer begins hearings on SNWA’s application for water rights of up to 80,000 acre-feet of water in Spring, Cave, Dry Lake and Delamar valleys. The hearings, beginning Sept. 26, are a rehearing of previously granted water rights that were overturned by the Nevada Supreme Court.


Audio clips

BLM”s Penny Woods says the agency will look at the project’s costs:

081811Woods1 :20 think we should.”

Scott Carone of the Northern Nevada chapter of Safari Club International worries the project will destroy wildlife:

081811Carone1 :13 some of it.”

Dennis Ghighieri of the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club says the pipeline would alter the landscape:

081811Ghighieri1 :15 a huge portion.”


BLM Solicits Public Comment on Controversial Water Pipeline Project

By Anne Knowles | 4:44 pm August 2nd, 2011


A series of public meetings on the plan to transport water from rural Nevada to Las Vegas is expected to draw a diverse group of allies trying to stop the controversial project.

Dozens of ranchers, farmers, hunters, tribal representatives, business owners and conservationists are expected to voice their opposition to the plan at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) first gathering tonight at Pioche Elementary School, 180 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

The federal agency is hosting the meetings to answer questions and take public comment on its draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on the groundwater importation scheme.

“My guess is we’ll have between 30 and 250 people at each meeting,” said Susan Lynn, executive director of Public Resource Associates in Reno and a member of the board of directors at Great Basin Water Network, a coalition of about 40 groups working together to halt what it calls a “water grab.”

“We’ve strongly urged them to turn out if they want to be heard and if they want to register their concerns,” said Lynn. “And if they want more information because, frankly, a lot of information is missing from the draft environmental impact statement. The Southern Nevada Water Authority has not done anything to include costs, it has not really provided a valid argument for why this specific project is needed, and other alternatives for water sources have not been included. We feel there are some gaping holes that need to be addressed.”

Published in June, the EIS covers the first phase of the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s (SNWA) proposal to build a 300-mile pipeline to transport as much as 176,655 acre-feet of water annually to Las Vegas, from as far away as southeastern White Pine County.

The EIS looks only at the main pipeline, power line and primary lateral facilities, but the master project also calls for pumping stations, a water treatment facility, an underground water reservoir and other infrastructure needed to convey the water through White Pine, Lincoln and Clark counties.

The SNWA is applying to the BLM for the rights-of-ways (ROW) on federal lands needed to build the pipeline, and the BLM is required by law to produce a study or an EIS on major projects under the so-called NEPA process (National Environmental Policy Act).

If all the ROWs are approved and the Nevada state engineer grants all necessary water rights, the pipeline could begin conveying water to Las Vegas from Delamar Valley in Lincoln County by 2020, according to the EIS.

Understanding the environmental impact statement

The EIS itself is a massive document; the executive summary alone is 90 pages. In it, the BLM looks at the project’s impact on wildlife, both on land and in water; rangeland and grazing; public safety and health; recreation, such as hunting; air quality; and soil and minerals, as well as the effect on local economies and culture, including Native American traditional values.

The EIS outlines the SNWA proposal, then six alternatives — five labeled A through E and a sixth called a No Action alternative – and their corresponding environmental impact assessments. The BLM does not specify what it calls a “preferred” alternative, but concludes that alternative A may be considered a “reasonable scenario” for the project.

The BLM is hosting nine meetings, starting with tonight’s gathering in Lincoln County’s Pioche and concluding on Aug. 18 with a meeting at the Sparks High School in northern Nevada.

In between, meetings will be held in Baker, Ely, Elko, Las Vegas and Alamo, Nevada, and in Delta and Salt Lake City, Utah, where the hydrographic basins from which SNWA plans to pump are located.  The BLM is also taking public comment via email and fax, or the public can send in comments to the agency’s Reno office. The deadline to submit comments, originally Sept. 9, has been extended to Oct. 11.

The meetings will start with an hour-long open house at which the public can ask questions of scientists involved in preparing the EIS as well as submit comments to a court reporter.

Representatives from SNWA will also be on hand to answer questions, but will have minimal involvement in what is a BLM-led meeting, said Bronson Mack, a spokesperson for the Las Vegas-based water authority.

Then, in an unusual but not unprecedented procedure, there will be a formal, two-hour hearing during which people can testify before a BLM hearing officer.

“We formulated this to meet the needs of the public,” said Penny Woods, project manager in the BLM’s Nevada Groundwater Projects office in Reno. “The public really wanted a hearing-style meeting.”

Woods said she expects public comment to exceed what the BLM collected during the project’s so-called scoping phase, in 2005-2006, after the SNWA applied for the ROWs in 2004, when the agency received about 7,000 comments.

Once the comments on the draft EIS come in, Wood said they would be analyzed by project scientists, who will write replies, and be included in the final EIS.

Will the comments make a difference?

“I think the BLM will listen to the comments,” said Doug Busselman, executive vice president of the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation, a Sparks-based advocacy group for the state’s farmers and ranchers. “But having been involved in the NEPA process before, I always equate it to the phantom double play in baseball: you don’t have to touch second base, you just have to get close enough to look like you did. Everything I’ve seen in the past — and I don’t see it any differently in this particular case — there are pre-determined outcomes and the NEPA process becomes more of a justification to say, we considered what we needed to consider and we’re going to do what we’re going to do.”

Still, Busselman is strongly encouraging his members to attend the BLM meetings as well as the upcoming state engineer hearings.

“I think the water engineer’s decision is going to be driven by whatever science and evidence is presented in the water hearings themselves and whether the models that have been developed by the Southern Nevada Water Authority stand the test of being challenged or whether the folks that are opposed to it are able to present information that would substantiate their claims,” said Busselman.

“I think the strongest argument is the whole sustainability issue,” he said. “At some point in time, when the water runs out, they’ve spent a lot of money to create an infrastructure that may not have any water left in it to move water down. It really comes down to a sustainability issue not only for the impacted lands but also for those receiving water on the other end.”

The project does face another hurdle when the state engineer decides whether to grant SNWA the needed water rights for as much as 80,000 acre-feet of water in Spring, Cave, Dry Lake and Delamar valleys.

The engineer had previously allocated those rights to SNWA, but that was overturned when the Nevada Supreme Court ruled last year on a suit brought by the Great Basin Water Network. The high court said the state engineer had not taken action on SNWA’s water rights application in 1989 within a year, as required by law, forcing SNWA to reapply.

Those new hearings, open to the public, are being held at the Nevada State Legislature in Carson City starting Sept. 26 and continuing through until Nov. 18. A day for public comment is scheduled for Oct. 7, four days before the BLM comment period closes.

Possible problem from outside Nevada

But the project’s biggest stumbling block may be Utah, according to Pat Mulroy, general manager of SNWA, who appeared on Nevada NewsMakers today.

“There is still tremendous push back out of Utah. We had a negotiated agreement that has yet to be finalized on the Utah side,” said Mulroy. “It sitting in Utah and there seems to be no willingness on the Utah side.”

Mulroy said the issue may have to be resolved either by Congress or taking it to the U.S. Supreme Court to gain what she said was an equitable apportionment of Snake Valley, which straddles the two states.

Great Basin Water Network is confident the project can be curtailed if not stalled, one way or another.

“I really do strongly feel there is a chance that this will be reduced in size or not happen at all because I think there are so many other alternatives, at lower cost,” said Lynn. “I hope that rational minds will prevail on the costs and impacts.”


Audio clips:

Nevada Farm Bureau Federation’s Busselman says SNWA project is unsustainable:

07282011Busselman :15 move water down.”


Great Basin Water Network’s Lynn says public comment should be civil and fact-based:

07292011Lynn1 :13 with the facts.”


Lynn says the project will destroy Nevada’s rural landscape:

07292011Lynn2 :23 landscapes out there.”