Public Lands Roundtable - Ridgecrest

May 28, 2015


The Chairman Randy Banis began the meeting with welcome and thanks to the members who helped him keep informed while he was absent. The minutes to the April Meeting were approved. The May Agenda was approved with no additions.


Introductions followed. Roger Dipallo introduced his guest from China, Steve, who is interested in mining and hopes to build relations between his country and the US. Joe Martori expressed his appreciation to those who attended his event with the DAC. He is pleased by how much Minerals and Mining has grown.


BLM reports By Carl Symons- The development grant for South Park Bridge was disqualified. The Tyler Horse project is closed out. Barron Ridge Transmission line will start sometime in August. The Cinco project is currently being worked on. Several of the energy projects have requested to be placed on hold until the DRECP is final. A copy of the last DAC meeting report was distributed. A new wrangler has recently been hired, JJ Nolan. A law enforcement officer, Jason Woods and a wildlife biologist, Carey Woods have also been hired by the BLM. Applications for a Fiscal Tech. will be accepted soon. WEMO is the primary focus at this time due to the comment period approaching on June 4, 2015. Carl announced that the travel management plan, which is only the routes, will still be coming out possibly around August 1st and will have a 45 day comment period. The names and addresses of the WEMO judges are listed at bottom of this page.


Ed Waldheim proposed an idea to Carl regarding the bushes that are removed when an energy project is built. He would like to know if there is a possibility of the bushes being dug out and used in restoration projects?


Randy continued the meeting by a proposing a consensus comment letter for WEMO. After a lengthy discussion, the Roundtable Members were able to accomplish the task and a copy of the letter was sent out by email.


After much research by Tom Budlong on the China Lake Expansion he was not able to come up with all the answers to his questions. This issue was declared an action item for the next meeting and we would try to come up with a consensus letter on this topic.



Senior District Judge Susan Illston

San Francisco Courthouse

Courtroom 10 19th Floor

450 Golden Gate Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102


Nandor J. Vadas, United States Magistrate Judge

Eureka Courthouse

3140 Boeing Ave

McKinleyville, CA 95519

The next meeting will be held June 25, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ridgecrest BLM Field Office.