The federal Bureau of Land Management is aiming to protect solar and wind developers seeking permits to build on public land in Southern California and across the West for their projects by temporarily prohibiting mining claims on those same lands. \t\u201cBy temporarily segregating lands covered by pending wind or solar right-of-way applications, or lands identified as potential renewable energy leasing areas, the BLM can help ensure that new resource conflicts will not arise with respect to mining claims,\u201d said David Quick, Bureau spokesperson. \tSince 2009, 23 solar and eight wind projects sought federal permits in California and other western states. Hundreds of mining claims were made on the same lands as renewable developers. The competition impedes the federal agency\u2019s ability to process right-of-way applications for renewable projects. \tMany of the mining claims serve \u201cno purpose other than to provide a means for the mining claimant to compel payment from the [right-of-way] applicant or grantee in exchange for relinquishing the mining claim,\u201d noted the pending final rule filed in the Federal Register. \tTo avoid the resources conflict, BLM\u2019s final rule is to prohibit the mining claims on land being sought for renewable developments for two years. \tIt \u201cprovides the BLM with the necessary regulatory authority to minimize conflicts between new mining claims and future wind or solar energy generation facility right-of-way applications before the BLM has taken action on those applications.\u201d The rule becomes final May 30.