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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
 
Release Date: 10/07/11
Contacts: David Christy , 916-941-3146  
News Release No. CA-CC-12-5

Walker Ridge Wind Proposal Draft Environmental Study Postponed


The release of a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Walker Ridge Wind Project in Lake and Colusa counties has been postponed.

The delay will allow the project proponent, AltaGas Renewable Energy Pacific, Inc., time to complete a revised plan of development. Alta Gas applied for a right-of-way authorization on public lands for a 67-megawatt wind energy project with an interconnection to the Pacific Gas & Electric 115-kiloVolt distribution system.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Ukiah Field Office received a letter on October 5, 2011 from AltaGas requesting a delay until 2012. Although the draft EIS release has been delayed, a notice from the Environmental Protection Agency announcing the document’s availability published in the Federal Register today because there was not enough time after BLM’s receipt of AltaGas’ letter to cancel the EPA’s notice. A retraction of the EPA notice will be published in the Federal Register next week.

The proposed project would be built within a 7,882-acre right-of-way on federal land on Walker Ridge under the jurisdiction of the BLM Ukiah Field Office. The draft EIS alternatives include 29 or 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, access roads, and a temporary lay down area. The draft EIS will analyze site-specific and cumulative impacts of the alternatives to the environment.

The Ukiah Field Office Resource Management Plan identified the Indian Valley Management area, which includes Walker Ridge, as available for wind energy development.

The draft EIS describes and analyzes the proposed action and alternatives, including measures to avoid, minimize, or mitigate impacts on the environment.

For more information, contact the Ukiah Field Office at (707) 468-4000.




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