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BLM rejectes application for Silurian Valley energy project
BLM rejectes application for Silurian Valley energy project

The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday denied a Spanish company's application to build a controversial renewable energy facility in the Mojave Desert's remote Silurian Valley, deciding the sprawling project “would not be in the public interest.” The closely watched decision is considered a bellwether for how the federal agency will handle future requests to develop renewable energy projects outside established development areas. The company had planned a side-by-side wind and solar facility. Thursday's decision applies only to the solar portion of the project. The wind energy aspect is still in the planning stages. Jim Kenna, the BLM's California...

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