U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Utah State Office
|Release Date: 01/18/11|
Milford Wind Corridor Phase III Project Scoping Notice
Fillmore, Utah—January 18, 2011—The Fillmore Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management announces the scoping period for the Milford Wind Corridor Phase III project analysis. Project information is available at the Fillmore Field Office at 95 East 500 North, Fillmore, Utah.
The scoping period provides an opportunity for the public to identify issues or alternatives that should be addressed in the NEPA analysis. The public scoping period ends on March 1, 2011. Two public scoping meetings will be held to provide an opportunity for the public to submit written comments on the proposal in person and to talk to staff and resource specialists. The scoping meetings will be held at the following times and locations:
Milford Wind Corridor Phase III, LLC proposes to build a wind energy facility north of Milford, Utah. The project is located on BLM-administered lands, lands administered by the State of Utah, and privately-held lands. The principal components of the wind energy facility include approximately 300 wind turbine generators, an underground power collection system, a connector road system, and an operations and maintenance facility. The wind turbines would be arranged in parallel rows (arrays) oriented west-northwest to east-southeast and approximately one mile apart. Spacing of the wind turbines along the arrays would be determined by the type of wind turbines selected. Wind turbine towers would be up to 391 feet high, and wind turbine rotors would be up to 368 feet in diameter, for a total height from base to blade tip of 667 feet. The connector road system would run along the turbine arrays, and the underground power collection system would be installed along the side of the connector roads. The operations and maintenance facility would occupy about 15 acres.
Electrical power from the proposed Wind Energy Facility would interconnect to the existing 345-kV generator lead line that runs between the Milford Wind Corridor Phase I Project substation and the Intermountain Power Plant substation near Delta, Utah by means of a new, approximately seven-mile-long overhead generator lead line. The principal components of the generator lead line include an electrical substation, approximately 7 miles of generator lead line, and an interconnection facility (i.e., switching station) at the existing 345-kV generator lead line. The wind energy facility substation would occupy an area of approximately 15 acres. Project construction is proposed to begin in fall 2011.
The BLM will conduct the NEPA analysis to analyze the potential environmental effects of construction and operation of the proposed Milford Wind Corridor Phase III Project. The analysis will include the area of the proposed wind energy facility and the applicant’s proposed transmission line route. The NEPA analysis will be tiered to the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on Wind Energy Development (http://windeis.anl.gov/eis/guide/index.cfm) on BLM-Administered Lands in the Western United States (U.S.D.I. 2005).
The BLM welcomes comments and requires that all submissions be written and as specific as possible. Comments will be accepted at the scoping meetings, by letter at the address below, or by e-mail at UT_Fillmore_Comments@blm.gov.
Please refer to Milford Wind Corridor Phase III Project in your correspondence.
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment -- including personal identifying information -- may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to have your personal identifying information withheld from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Send all scoping comments by close of business March 1, 2011 to:
Ms. Clara Stevens
c/o Bureau of Land Management
95 East 500 North
Fillmore, UT 84631
For further information, contact Clara Stevens at 435-743-3119.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
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|Last updated: 03-04-2011|
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