KINGMAN – Representatives from BP Wind Energy and the Bureau of Land Management visited Kingman, White Hills and Dolan Springs last week to provide an update on a 500-megawatt wind farm planned for the White Hills area, approximately 40 miles northwest of Kingman.
The project would place up to 335 wind turbines on more than 40,000 acres of federal land – 31,000 acres from the BLM and around 9,000 from the Bureau of Reclamation. The original project had the turbines located on 44,860 acres of BLM land and a second phase of development on 7,000 acres of private and public land. BP and BLM decided to not develop the second phase and to locate the project on both BLM and Reclamation land.
Last week’s meetings were to update residents on the change in land, let them ask officials questions and give residents an idea of what the wind turbines might look like from various vantage points.
If approved and built, the project could generate enough electricity for 110,000 homes. BP and the BLM have been studying the location for the past four years.
Because the project is being built on BLM and Reclamation land, an environmental impact study must be completed. A draft of the study is expected to be published in the spring. A final draft will be published in the fall of 2011. BP is hoping to break ground on the project in the spring of 2012.
Comments can be e-mailed to KFO_WindEnergy@blm.gov, faxed to (928) 718-3761 (reference Mohave County Wind Farm Project) or mailed to Mohave County Wind Farm Project, BLM Kingman Field Office, 2755 Mission Blvd. Kingman, AZ 86401.
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