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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 03/09/12
Contacts: Erin Curtis , 916-978-4622  
  Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217  
News Release No. CDD-12-32

Final Environmental Study Available for Proposed Ocotillo Express Wind Energy Project


The Bureau of Land Management today released final environmental documents for the proposed Ocotillo Express Wind Project near Ocotillo, Calif. The proposed project would provide enough electricity to power 140,000 homes and create up to 246 jobs at peak construction.

Proposed by Pattern Energy, Inc., through Ocotillo Express, LLC, the project would produce up to 356.5 megawatts of electricity via wind turbines sited on public lands. The project is proposed to be built on 12,410 acres of public lands and 26 acres of private land in Imperial County.

The project has undergone extensive environmental review and reflects strong efforts to mitigate potential impacts. In addition to the proposed action for the Ocotillo Express Wind Energy Project, the BLM is analyzing reduced turbine alternatives. Portions of the electrical lines will be placed underground, and the project will tie in to the electric grid on-site, eliminating the need for more power lines traversing BLM land.

The BLM has been consulting with Indian Tribes since the earliest stages of the project, and consultation is ongoing in an effort to allay concerns and mitigate potential adverse effects to the landscape and to protect cultural resources. Measures are also being developed to mitigate affects to the existing visual landscape.

The Notice of Availability for the Proposed Final Environmental Impact Statement/Final Environmental Impact Report released today is a joint document between the BLM and Imperial County and is available online here: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro/nepa/ocotillo_express_wind.html.

For further information contact Jeffery Childers, NEPA Planning Coordinator (951) 697-5200.




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