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July 31, 2008

    Bruce Collins, 

Rawlins BLM Sets Scoping Meetings for 
Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project EIS

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office today announced the dates, times and locations of scoping meetings to inform the public and obtain comments for an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project in Carbon County, Wyo.

The EIS will analyze the impacts of issuing rights-of-way for a 2,000 megawatt (MW) wind energy project and ancillary facilities (consisting of access roads, electric power gathering cables, an electric transmission line, and electric substations) to Wyoming Power Company of Wyoming, LLC for approximately 98,500 acres located in a “checkerboard” land ownership pattern with approximately half of the project area under the administration of BLM and the remainder under private and State of Wyoming ownership. The EIS will address the proposed action and a range of reasonable alternatives including a no action alternative.

Public meetings will be held on the following dates and locations:

  • Aug. 16, 2008 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Platte Valley Community Center, 210 West Elm, Saratoga, Wyo.
  • Aug. 16, 2008 from 3 - 6 pm at the Carbon County Higher Education Center, 705 Rodeo Street, Rawlins, Wyo.
  • Aug. 18, 2008 from 5 - 8 pm at the Carbon County Higher Education Center, 705 Rodeo Street, Rawlins, Wyo.
  • Aug. 19, 2008 from 5 - 8 pm at the Little Snake River Valley Educational Center, 360 Whippoorwill, Baggs, Wyoming

The public comment period will close 45 days after the July 25, 2008, Federal Register publication date of the Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS.

The BLM Field Manager, Rawlins Field Office, 1300 N. Third Street, Rawlins, WY 82301, will receive comments submitted via mail or overnight delivery from the general public and interested parties. Facsimiles, telephone calls, or electronic mail via Internet will not be considered as validly submitted comments. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For further information, contact: Heather Nino, Realty Specialist, Bureau of Land Management, Rawlins Field Office, P.O. Box 2407, Rawlins WY 82301; email WYMail_PCW_Windfarm@blm.gov; or call Jerry Crockford at cellular telephone (505) 360-0473.

- BLM –

Last updated: 07-31-2008