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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 12/23/10
Contacts: Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217 or srazo@ca.blm.gov  
News Release No. CA-CDD-11-18

Draft Environmental Study Available for Proposed Tule Wind Energy and East County Substation Projects


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released for public review a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Tule Wind Project and East County Substation Project in San Diego County, a joint environmental review with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Iberdrola Renewable/Pacific Wind Development has applied for a right-of-way on public lands to construct the Tule Wind generation power plant facility on approximately 60 miles east of San Diego, north of Interstate 8.  The proposed project would be constructed on lands administered by the BLM, the California State Lands Commission, the Campo, Cuyapaipe, and Manzanita Indian Reservations, and on privately owned property under the jurisdiction of San Diego County.  The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has management responsibilities for the land on the Campo, Cuyapaipe, and Manzanita Indian Reservations.

San Diego Gas and Electric Company has applied to the BLM for a right-of-way on public lands for a portion of the proposed East County (ECO) Substation project near Jacumba, California.  The proposed ECO substation would involve construction of a new 500/230/138-kilovolt (kV) substation on about 58 acres of private land, a rebuild of the existing Boulevard substation, and construction of a new 13.3-mile-long 138-kV transmission between the two substations.  . 

An official comment period on the joint document begins today (December 23, 2010) with publication of the notice of availability in the Federal Register by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Recognizing that the public review period begins during the holidays, BLM has decided to extend the 45 day comment period cited in the EPA notice and extend it until close of business on February 16, 2011 (55 days total).  The Draft EIR/EIS is available on-line at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro/nepa/tule.html or http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/environment/info/dudek/ECOSUB/ECO_Draft_EIR.htm.

The BLM and CPUC will hold two joint public informational workshop meetings on the projects; the first in Jacumba, at 7:00 p.m., on January 26, 2011, at the Jacumba Highland Center on 44681 Old Highway 80, Jacumba, California 91934, and the second in Boulevard, at 7:00 p.m., on February 2, 2011, at the Boulevard Volunteer Fire Department at 39223 Highway 94, Boulevard, California 91905.  The public will be notified in advance of any updates or changes to these public meetings through local media, newspapers and the BLM website at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro.html

To ensure that all public comments will be considered, the BLM/CPUC must receive written comments on the DEIS/DEIR by the close of the public review on February 16, 2011. Written comments can be submitted via mail: Greg Thomsen, BLM/Iain Fisher, CPUC, c/o Dudek, 605 Third Street, Encinitas, California 92024 and email: ecosub@dudek.com (CPUC project email) or catulewind@blm.gov (BLM project email) or Fax: (800) 371-8854 (to send a fax, please press “2”).

For further information contact Greg Thomsen, BLM Project Lead at gthomsen@blm.gov  or Iain Fisher, CPUC Project Lead at iain.fisher@cpuc.ca.gov.  To have your name added to the mailing list, contact Greg Thomsen, (951) 697-5237; address BLM California Desert District Office, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, California 92553-9046; e-mail catulewind@blm.gov.




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Last updated: 12-23-2010