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For Immediate Release: December 7, 2007
Contact: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email: srazo@ca.blm.gov  

BLM Announces Intent to Prepare Joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for Wind Energy Project

On December 6, 2007, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to conduct a joint environmental impact statement/environmental impact report (EIS/EIR) with San Bernardino County on the impacts of a proposed wind energy project on public and private lands in the California Desert. 

The proposed Granite Mountain Wind Energy Project would install approximately 27 wind turbines and ancillary electric facilities on approximately 2,640 acres of public and private lands in the Granite Mountains between Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley in San Bernardino County. The project will produce between 62.1 and 81 megawatts of power during normal operation. Granite Wind, LLC has applied for a right-of-way (ROW) from the BLM and the conditional use permit (CUP) from San Bernardino County for the development and operation of the project.

BLM, as lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act and the county of San Bernardino as lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, will prepare a joint EIS/EIR to analyze the site-specific impacts of the proposed grant of the ROW and CUP and a proposed amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan.

The NOI initiates the public participation for the EIS and a scoping period of at least 30 days. Scoping meetings will be held and announced through the news media and the BLM’s website (www.ca.blm.gov/barstow). The public comments received in this scoping period will be used to prepare the draft EIS/EIR to be published for full public comment and review.

Comments must be submitted in writing to the BLM’s Barstow Field Office, attention Edy Seehafer, Environmental Coordinator, BLM, Barstow Field Office, 2601 Barstow Road, CA 92311, or by fax at 760-252-6099, or e-mail at eseehafe@blm.gov.

Documents pertinent to this proposal will be available for public review on the Barstow website or at the BLM Barstow Field Office during regular business hours of 7:45 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

For further project information contact: Project Manager Joan Patrovksy (760-252-6032) of the Barstow Field Office, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, California 92311.


Last updated: 12-17-2007