RENO — The Nevada Office of the Bureau of Land Management will allow more time to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Clark, Lincoln and White Pine Counties Groundwater Development Project, moving the comment deadline back from Sept. 9 to Oct. 11.
GBWN, the coalition of ranchers, rural residents, conservationists, tribes and local governments leading the opposition to the project, has published a “DEIS Guide” to inform the public how to participate in the public process. The guide highlights the potential impacts of the multi-billion dollar pipeline proposal that the BLM has identified, and critiques the flaws in the BLM’s analysis.
“We hope people will turn out in large numbers at the DEIS hearings Aug. 2 through Aug. 18, and we hope the guide will be a useful tool for folks to use at the hearings and as they prepare their comments,” Mrowka said. The DEIS Guide is available on the GBWN website www.greatbasinwater.net.
Hearings in Nevada are scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. in Pioche on Aug. 2; Baker, 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3; Ely, 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9; Elko, 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10; Las Vegas, 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15; Alamo, 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16; and Reno/Sparks, 3 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18.
Utah hearings will be in Delta from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 and in Salt Lake City from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11.
Citizens may request a hard copy of the DEIS Executive Summary and compact disks of the full DEIS by mail at Bureau of Land Management/Groundwater Projects Office/ P.O. Box 12000/Reno, NV 89520-0006 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The report also can be accessed at www.blm.gov/5w5c.