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[Federal Register: August 13, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 156)]
[Notices]              
[Page 49517-49518]

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
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Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Walker Ridge Wind Project, Lake and Colusa Counties, CA

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act
of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ukiah Field
Office, Ukiah, California, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the
scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process for the EIS.
Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until September 13,
2010. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be
announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers,
and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ukiah.html. In
order to be considered in the Draft EIS, all comments must be received
prior to the close of the scoping period or 15 days after the last
public meeting, whichever is later. We will provide additional
opportunities for public participation upon publication of the Draft
EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Walker Ridge Wind
Project by any of the following methods:
Web site: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ukiah.html.
E-mail: ukiahwindeis@ca.blm.gov.
Fax: (707) 468-4027.
Mail: BLM Ukiah Field Office, Attention: Rich Burns, 2550
North State Street, Ukiah, California 95482.

Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Ukiah Field
Office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have
your name added to our mailing list, contact Bethney Lefebvre,
telephone (707) 468-4000; address Ukiah Field Office, 2550 North State
Street, Ukiah, California 95482; e-mail: ukiahwindeis@ca.blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The applicant, AltaGas Renewable Energy
Pacific, Inc., has requested a right-of-way (ROW) to construct and
operate a 67 megawatt (MW) wind energy project with an interconnection
to the Pacific Gas and Electric 115-kilovolt (kV) distribution system.
The proposed action would include up to 42 wind turbine generators, an
underground electrical collection system, a substation, a 115-kV
overhead transmission line, an interconnect station, an operations and
maintenance building, access roads, and a temporary laydown area. The
EIS will analyze the site-specific impacts to the environment from the
project if the ROW is granted.

The project would be built on about 500 acres within the 8,157.35
acre ROW on Federal land under the jurisdiction of the BLM within the
Ukiah Field Office area.

The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant
issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis,
including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS.
At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary issues:
Social and economic impacts, including impacts to the public from
traffic; ground and surface water quantity and quality impacts; plant
and animal species impacts, including impacts to special status
species; cultural resources impacts; visual resource impacts; and
impacts to lands with wilderness characteristics.

The BLM will use and coordinate the NEPA commenting process to
satisfy the public involvement process for Section 106 of the National
Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470f) as provided for in 36 CFR
800.2(d)(3). Native American Tribal consultations will be conducted,
and Tribal concerns, including impacts on Indian trust assets, will be
given due consideration. Federal, state, and local agencies, along with
other stakeholders that may be interested or affected by the BLM's
decision on this project, are invited to participate in the scoping
process. If eligible, the agencies may request or be requested by the
BLM to participate as a cooperating agency.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be
able to do so.

Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7.

Thomas Pogacnik, Deputy State Director, Natural Resources.
[FR Doc. 2010-19958 Filed 8-12-10; 8:45 am]


 
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