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Release Date: 04/21/16
Contacts: Brad Purdy    

BLM Extends Comment Period on Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project

RAWLINS, Wyo. – The public will have additional time to comment on the proposed Chokecherry and Sierra Madre (CCSM) Phase I Wind Turbine Development Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Finding of No New Significant Impacts (FONNSI).  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the two-week extension today, with the comment period now closing May 6, 2016.

The BLM released the EA and FONNSI on March 9 announcing a key milestone for the largest proposed wind energy facility in North America, a project with the capacity to open up to 1,000 jobs at peak construction and generate up to 3,000 megawatts of clean, renewable power -- enough to run nearly 1 million homes.
The EA examines the potential, site-specific impacts of constructing 500 wind turbines on mixed ownership land in the first phase of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre (CCSM) Wind Energy Project in southern Wyoming. The two-phase development proposes to build 1,000 wind turbines on 219,707 acres south of Rawlins in Carbon County.  The BLM administers approximately half of the land, and the remainder of the site is made up of privately owned and state lands.

Written comments on the Phase I Wind Turbine Development EA and draft FONNSI will be accepted until May 6, 2016.  Comments may be emailed to with “CCSM Phase I Wind EA Comment” in the subject line; faxed to 307-328-4224; or mailed or delivered to BLM Rawlins Field Office, Attn: Heather Schultz, CCSM Phase I Wind EA, and 1300 N. Third St., P.O. Box 2407, Rawlins, WY 82301.

Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be advised that your entire comment — including your personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information, or to access the EA, please visit the BLM Wyoming CCSM Wind Energy Project web page or the BLM’s CCSM ePlanning site. For additional questions, please contact Heather Schultz at 307-328-4215.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

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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Last updated: 04-29-2016