MBCA Comments on Oberon Solar Project

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The proposed Oberon Solar Project, to be located on undisturbed BLM land near Desert Center, has drawn a great deal of concern by numerous groups in addition to MCBA. While in a Development Focus Area (DFA) proposed under California's Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, the proponents are asking for amendments that contradict the Plan’s underlying rationale. In short, as MBCA’s Pat Flanagan writes in the MBCA letter, “It is not the role of the DRECP to bend to accommodate a project proposal. It is the project proponent’s role to accommodate the DRECP.”

Issues include destruction of microphyll woodland, use of glyphosate to control weeds (our letter provides background on the extremely detrimental effects of this chemical), and underestimated reduction of carbon capture by desert soils due to the project’s footprint.

We provide here other important comment letters that also address problems with the Oberon Solar Project: Mojave Desert Land Trust; Basin and Range Watch with the Western Watersheds Project; Friends of the Desert Mountains; and a combined letter from California Native Plant Society, California Wilderness Coalition, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Sierra Club.


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