By now you may have heard the great news that Element Power has informed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that they are withdrawing their permit for testing wind power on Black Lava Butte and Flat Top Mesa in our Pipes Canyon/Pioneertown area!

Element Power has informed the BLM that they do not wish to conduct further testing, that they will be removing the testing towers, and that they do not believe the wind data collected to date is adequate for the kind of project development they were envisioning for the buttes. We are very happy that Element Power is leaving and has no further plans for development of the buttes!

SOD will soon share more information about Element's withdrawal and our plans to continue to pursue Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) status to protect the area from future companies like Element Power. A major battle has been won, but we need to do more for permanent protection.

Thank you for all of your support and please stay tuned for more information.

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