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Ely District Office
Release Date: 06/18/12
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. ELY 2012-22

BLM Rejects Wind Energy Project Application

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Schell Field Office has rejected an application from Wilson Creek Wind Company, LLC, to develop a wind generation project on public lands about 20 miles northeast of Pioche, in Lincoln County, Nev.  The project proponent has not provided BLM with the required documents, including an updated Plan of Development.

The proposed Wilson Creek Wind Project would have consisted of up to 350 wind turbines generating up to 990 megawatts of electricity on approximately 31,000 acres of the public lands in the Wilson Creek Range, including Mt. Wilson, Table and White Rock mountains, and Atlanta Summit.

The BLM in late May 2011 announced in the Federal Register that it would prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed project.  The announcement began a 60-day public input period that concluded July 27.  The BLM released the scoping report four months later.  In the report, the public expressed concerns about impacts to wildlife habitat, as well as socio-economics, recreation and visual resources. 

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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