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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 10/14/11
Contacts: David Briery , 951-697-5220  
  Steve Razo , 951-697-5217  
News Release No. CA-CDD-12-2

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


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today released a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)/Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for both the Tule Wind Energy project and the East County (ECO) Substation project in San Diego County, Calif.

Tule Wind, LLC has applied to the BLM for a right-of-way on public lands to construct the Tule Wind generation power plant facility approximately 60 miles east of San Diego and north of Interstate 8.  The proposed project would be constructed on lands administered by the BLM, the California State Lands Commission, the Campo/Ewiiaapaayp/Manzanita Indian Reservations, and on privately owned property under the jurisdiction of San Diego County.  The Bureau of Indian Affairs has management responsibilities for the land on the Campo/Ewiiaapaayp/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 ECO Substation project near Jacumba, Calif.  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 138-kV transmission line between the two substations.  The new 138-kV transmission line would traverse approximately 1.5 miles of public land managed by the BLM.  The existing White Star communications facility, located about 14 miles northwest of the proposed ECO Substation, would also be rebuilt as part of this project.

BLM, as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969), as amended, and CPUC as lead under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), have jointly prepared the FEIR/FEIS, which is available on-line at: http://www.ca.blm.gov/elcentro

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




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