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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
 
Release Date: 08/08/11
Contacts: Serena Baker,    
  307-212-0197    

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Wind Project


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office invites the public to two open house meetings to ask questions, view maps, and provide written comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre (CCSM) Wind Energy Project and the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment to the 2008 Rawlins RMP.  

The BLM is hosting two open house meetings to provide the public an opportunity to review the documents and receive project information. A series of informational stations will be set up at the open house meetings where BLM specialists and Power Company of Wyoming, LLC (PCW) staff will be available to explain project details and discuss analysis information provided in the DEIS.  

Open houses will be held from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the Jeffrey Memorial Community Center, 315 E. Pine St., Rawlins, Wyo.; and Aug. 23 at the Platte Valley Community Center, 210 W. Elm Ave., Saratoga, Wyo. The meetings are part of a 90-day public comment period on the CCSM DEIS and Plan Amendment.  

PCW has applied to the BLM for a right-of-way to build approximately 1,000 wind turbines south of Rawlins, Wyo., in Carbon County. Chokecherry and Sierra Madre are two distinct sites approximately five miles apart which are both being proposed by PCW and being analyzed together. When combined, they comprise the largest commercial wind generation facility proposed in North America. The project is expected to generate between 2,000 to 3,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Along with the turbines, the project also proposes building access roads, underground electric gathering lines, an overhead transmission line, and substations to interconnect the generated power to the electric grid. Construction may take four years with an estimated project life of 30 years. 

For more information or to submit a comment visit: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rfo/Chokecherry.html. For specific questions contact Project Manager Pam Murdock, 307-328-4200. 



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 mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 08-08-2011