RENO, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – Add Burning Man to the list of lawsuits opposing one of Nevada’s rising number of “green energy” projects.
In the nation’s top gold mining state, lithium mines targeted at increasing production of electric car batteries and geothermal power plants that tap subsurface water to create sustainable energy are in various phases of planning and construction.
Over the last two years, environmental groups, Native American tribes, and ranchers have all filed lawsuits attempting to halt particular projects.
They claim that, while they support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to battle climate change, commercial developments on public property in Nevada were permitted illegally and would have environmental and cultural effects.
Now, the organization behind the world’s most renowned counterculture gathering is battling the US government over geothermal research in the Nevada desert, where 70,000 free spirits known as “Burners” assemble every summer.
The Burning Man Project and four co-plaintiffs filed the latest action this week in federal court in Reno, accusing the Bureau of Land Management of violating environmental regulations by permitting Ormat Nevada Inc.’s exploratory drilling in the Black Rock Desert 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of Reno.
Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Friends of Black Rock/High Rock Inc., and two Gerlach homeowners joined the action, alleging that the agency’s environmental study of the exploratory project overlooked possible impacts from a large-scale geothermal project.
“Ormat’s exploration project will lay the foundation for turning a unique, virtually pristine ecosystem of environmental, historical and cultural significance into an industrial zone, and permanently alter the landscape,” the lawsuit says.
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