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BLM Nevada News
Southern Nevada District
FOR RELEASE December 18, 2008
Contact: Hillerie Patton, 702-515-5046 

BLM to Begin EIS for Searchlight Wind Energy Project

Las Vegas –The Bureau of Land Management published in the Federal Register a Notice of Intent to develop an Environmental Impact Statement for a wind energy project in Searchlight.

The public is being asked to comment on Searchlight Wind Energy LLC’s proposal to construct, operate, maintain, and terminate a wind energy generation project on 24,383 acres of public lands. The proposal includes approximately 156 wind turbine generators with a generation capacity of 359 megawatts. More information about the project is available at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo.html.

The 45-day public comment period runs December 16, 2008 through February 14, 2009. Written comments must be addressed to the Field Manager, Las Vegas Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89130. No facsimiles, e-mails, or telephone calls will be considered as validly submitted comments. Comments will be made available to the public; therefore, personal identifying information such as addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses may be withheld.

For more information, please contact: Mark Chandler at 702-515-5064 or at mark_chandler@nv.blm.gov.

The BLM manages more land – 258 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.


Last updated: 12-22-2008