2014 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:05:23 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] EXPANSION, ENERGY: White Sands Missile Range's Northern Extension Area
WSMR, DOD may take control of range's Northern Extension Area
Ranchers, commissioner worry about shift to DOD

By Jason Gibbs
Las Cruces Sun-News (NM)
July 19, 2014

LAS CRUCES - On a wide swath of too-often dry and usually wind-swept land along the northern reaches of White Sands Missile Range, ranchers and the military have long ridden herd on a cooperative, if occasionally grudging, relationship.

Now, the recent approval of the SunZia transmission line through the missile range - a compromise between the Department of Defense and the Bureau of Land Management in May - has again stirred concerns about access to federal lands and government transparency.

Tucked away in the national defense authorization act is a line that provides for "further withdrawal of federal land and transfer to White Sands Missile Range." That line, if given congressional approval and a presidential signature, would essentially shift control of 328,729 acres of BLM land to the DOD. It would only affect future utility construction across the military testing and training grounds and would have no impact on hunting or grazing leases that are in place, nor affect the planned SunZia transmission line, said U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M.


For the entire article, see
http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_26180573/wsmr-dod-may- take-control-ranges-northern-extension


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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