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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
 
Release Date: 08/13/10
Contacts: David Christy , (916) 941-3146  
News Release No. CA-CC-10-93

BLM Initiates Environmental Study of Walker Ridge Wind Energy Proposal


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced it intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the impacts of the proposed Walker Ridge Wind Project in Lake and Colusa counties and is seeking public input on issues that should be addressed.

AltaGas Renewable Energy Pacific, Inc. has applied for a right-of-way (ROW) authorization covering 8,157 acres on public lands for a 70-megawatt wind energy project with an interconnection to the Pacific Gas & Electric's 115-kilovolt (kV) distribution system.

As proposed by the company, the wind project could include 29 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, and access roads.

A Federal Register Notice published today starts a public scoping period of 30 days.  “During the public scoping period, we want to gather public comment on issues, concerns and opportunities that should be considered in the analysis of the proposed action,” said Rich Burns, BLM Ukiah Field Office manager.

The Federal Register Notice is available online at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/fed_reg_archives/2010/08/walker_ridge_NOI.html.

Burns said the BLM expects to hold public scoping meetings in Clear Lake at the City Council Chambers, 14050 Olympic Drive and in Williams at the Williams Council Chambers, 810 East Street.  Specific meeting times and dates will be provided in subsequent news releases and posted on the Ukiah Field Office website along with information on the status of the proposal at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ukiah.html. Additional opportunities for public participation and formal comment will occur when the draft EIS is issued. 

For further information and/or to have your name added to the mailing list, contact Bethney Lefebvre, Ukiah Field Office, 2550 North State St., Ukiah, Calif., 95482, phone (707)-468-4000, fax (707) 468-4027, or email ukiahwindeis@ca.blm.gov.

BLM has started a potential list of issues to be addressed in the analysis at a minimum, including social and economic impacts; traffic impacts; ground and surface water quantity and quality impacts; plant and animal species impacts, including special status species; impacts to cultural resources; and visual resource impacts.




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