John Ruhs, the BLM acting Nevada state director, said all conditions raised in a post-event review last year must be addressed for the BLM to allow this year's event to proceed.
stopped short of saying the BLM might shut down Burning Man, expressing confidence an agreement could be worked out.
"We have a long ways to go yet but I'm pretty confident we will as always be able to address issues together and get to a good place with them," Ruhs
said in an interview.
But the agency took the unusual step of making public a letter listing the outstanding health and safety issues.
Of 20 compiled following the 2014 festival, the BLM
said 18 remain to be resolved including improvements to its medical program, transportation management and security surrounding the festival's signature burn events.
"Last year, a total of 2,880 patients were treated for medical issues, including 71 drug overdoses, 67 trauma incidents and 30 cases of alcohol poisoning," Ruhs said in the letter to the government affairs director of Black Rock City, LLC, the nonprofit that runs the festival.
In addition, a woman from Wyoming was killed when she
fell beneath a moving bus.
"We are now taking a top to bottom look at exactly what is needed," Ruhs
said, adding "While the BLM
revises its statement of work, dialogue must also continue on a wide array of health, safety and environmental concerns raised by the BLM
earlier this year."