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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
 
Release Date: 09/23/10
Contacts: David Christy , (916) 941-3146  
  Erin Curtis , (916) 978-4622  
News Release No. CC-10-103

BLM to Hold Third Public Meeting for Walker Ridge Wind Project October 8


The Bureau of Land Management will hold a third public scoping meeting on Friday, October 8, 2010 in Sacramento to gather input on issues that should be addressed in environmental documents for the proposed Walker Ridge Wind Project in Lake and Colusa counties.

“We want to make sure everyone interested in this project has an opportunity to learn about it and comment on it,” said Rich Burns, BLM Ukiah Field Office manager. “That’s why we are holding this third meeting in Sacramento.”

Public scoping meetings for the Environmental Impact Statement were held earlier this month in Lakeport and Colusa. The October 8 meeting will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Rooms 1 and 2 at the Bureau of Land Management’s California State Office at 2800 Cottage Way in Sacramento.

“The goal of the meeting is to gather public comment on issues, concerns and opportunities that should be considered in the analysis of the proposed action,” Burns said.

AltaGas Renewable Energy Pacific, Inc. has applied for a right-of-way (ROW) authorization on public lands for an approximately 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.

Information on the status of the proposal at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ukiah/Walker_Ridge_Wind_Project.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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Last updated: 09-23-2010