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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 07/15/11
Contacts: Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217  
  David Briery , 951-697-5220  
News Release No. CA-CDD-11-51

BLM Initiates Environmental Review For Proposed Tylerhorse Wind Project


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today published a notice of intent (NOI) to amend the California Desert Conservation Area Plan and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Tylerhorse wind energy project in Kern County, California.

enXco Development Corporation has applied to the BLM for a right-of-way (ROW) on public lands to construct a wind generation power plant facility on 1,100 acres of public lands approximately 15 miles west of California State Highway 14, 12.5 miles south of California State Highway 58 and 8 miles north of State Route 138.

The proposed project would include 34 wind turbines, access roads, and a 34.5 kV energy collection line. Ancillary facilities will be located on the adjacent PdV/Manzana (PdV) project that was approved on private lands by the Kern County Board of Supervisors in 2008 and is currently under construction. Additional roads, transmission lines, and other facilities including substations, operations and maintenance facilities, batch plants, and temporary laydown yards would be provided by the PdV project.

The BLM will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in support of the Draft Plan Amendment (PA) and analyze the site-specific impacts of the proposed project. The Draft PA/EIS will analyze the site-specific impacts on air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, water resources, geological resources and hazards, hazardous materials handling, land use, noise, wilderness characteristics, visual resources and transmission system engineering, and transmission line safety. 

Publication of the NOI initiates a public scoping period of 30 days, ending August 15, 2011.  During the scoping period, the BLM will solicit public comment on planning issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in the analysis of the proposed action.  Details on public scoping meetings will be released through local news media, newspapers, mailings, and at the BLM website: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd.html  at least 15 days prior to the event.

Further details on the proposed wind energy project can be found at the following website: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd.html.  For information, contact Cedric Perry at (951) 697-5388, or e-mail cperry@ca.blm.gov.




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