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BLM Nevada News
Southern Nevada District Office
FOR RELEASE January 22, 2009
Contact: Hillerie Patton, 702-515-5046

BLM to hold Public Meetings on Wind Energy Proposal near Searchlight

LAS VEGAS – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Vegas Field Office is seeking public input on issues to address the development of a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a wind-powered electric generating facility proposed near Searchlight. The meetings will be held Tuesday, January 27 at the Searchlight Community Center from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Wednesday, January 28 at the William G. Bennett Elementary School in Laughlin from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., and Thursday, January 29 at the Boulder City Library from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. The meetings will be held in an open house format with a brief presentation.

The BLM published in the Federal Register a notice of intent to prepare an EIS to evaluate any potential impacts, which could occur from the construction and operation of the project. These public meetings are the first step in the EIS study process. The wind generation facility would be located on approximately 24,383 acres near Searchlight, and could generate enough electricity for more than 90,000 homes. In addition to the 161 wind turbines that would be constructed, the project would require new access roads, an overhead transmission line, two electrical substations, and other facilities. The wind turbines could be up to 415 feet tall depending on final design.

The public is encouraged to submit written comments before February 17, 2009. Comments may be submitted in writing to: Searchlight_Wind_Energy_EIS@blm.gov, or to the BLM Las Vegas Field Office, 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130-2301, 702.515.5010 (fax). For more information, please contact: Mark Chandler at 702-515-5064 or at mark_chandler@nv.blm.gov.


Last updated: 03-20-2009