The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is reportedly doing a poor job of protecting the public's interests in managing/structuing renewable energy projects on public lands. The report noted below deals with a couple of topics thus far beyond the interests of governments (and relevant to Ontario's "Renewable Energy on Crown Land Policy" currently in comment period on the Environmental Registry): bonding, monitoring, and enforcing compliance.
"June 24, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – A scathing new report by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Inspector General highlights “significant failures” by the federal Bureau of Land Managment in its stewardship over more than 30,000 wind energy right-of-way (ROW) acres and another 31,000 acres of solar energy ROW sites. View the complete report at http://www.doioig.gov/images/stories/reports/pdf/CR-EV-BLM-0004-2010Public.pdf.
In addition, the report exposed “weakness in financial accountability and resource protection including obligations to protect the Government’s financial interest by collecting rental revenues, managing the bond process, and by appropriate monitoring and enforcing ROW requirements.”"
“Our review of wind project files revealed very little inspection documentation for wind projects and no monitoring plans,” the report found.Read the entire article at the East County Magazine website: