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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District Office
 
Release Date: 06/23/14
Contacts: Stephen Razo (951) 697-5217, srazo@blm.gov    
News Release No. CA-CDD-14-48

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Tylerhorse Wind Project in Kern County


On Friday, July 11, 2014, the BLM will conduct a public meeting to solicit comments about their concerns and interests on the proposed Tylerhorse Wind Project in Kern County. The meeting will be held at the Hummell Community Building, Room 1, 2500 20th St West, Rosamond, Calif. from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on April 18, 2014 published a Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Tylerhorse Wind Project, Kern County, CA.

Heartland Wind, LLC has requested a right-of-way (ROW) authorization to develop a wind energy facility with a proposed output of 60 megawatts and a project footprint of approximately 1,200 acres. The proposed project would be located on BLM-administered lands in Kern County approximately 15 miles west of California State Highway 14, 12 miles south of California State Highway 58, and 8 miles north of State Route 138.

The overall site layout and generalized land uses could include 40 wind turbine generators, a 34.5-kV underground electrical collection and fiber optic communications systems, access roads, and fencing. Electrical power from the project would connect to an existing substation located on the neighboring Manzana Wind Energy Project, which would then interconnect with Southern California Edison’s Whirlwind Substation (Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project Substation 5) by means of a 220-kV overhead transmission line. If approved, construction would begin the first quarter of 2015 and would take approximately 4 months to complete. 

BLM, as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act, has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to analyze the site-specific impacts of the proposed grant of the ROW and a draft amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan. 

A public comment period of 90 days commenced upon publication of the Environmental Protection Agency's NOA in the Federal Register. During the comment period, BLM solicits public input on issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in the Final EIS. Further details can be found at the BLM web page: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ridgecrest/tylerhorse_wind_project.html

For information contact Cedric Perry, Project Manager, at (951) 697-5388, or e-mail cperry@blm.gov




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Last updated: 06-23-2014