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Public scoping opens on Quaking Aspen Wind Energy Project  

Credit:  Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov 8 November 2011 ~~

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office kicks-off a 30-day public scoping period by publishing a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement in the Federal Register for the proposed Quaking Aspen Wind Energy Project.

The Quaking Aspen Wind Energy Project is a proposal by Evergreen Wind Power Partners, LLC to construct up to 100 wind turbines with a nameplate capacity of 250 megawatts of energy to be transported by approximately 14 miles of power line. The project area is in Sweetwater County, Wyo. on approximately 3,699 acres of public, 3,865 acres of private, and 630 acres of state lands, roughly 11 miles southeast of Rock Springs, Wyo. and 13 miles south of the Interstate 80 corridor.

The NOI would also segregate 3,699 acres of BLM-administered federal lands within the Quaking Aspen right-of-way application area from appropriation under the public land laws, including the 1872 Mining Law, but not the Mineral Leasing or Mineral Material Acts, for a period of two years from the date of publication.

Written substantive comments are most helpful if they cite specific actions or impacts, and offer informed analysis. Comments are requested by Dec. 7, and may be submitted via mail, hand-delivery during regular business hours (7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), or email to the following address:

Lorraine Keith, Project Manager
Quaking Aspen Scoping Comments
BLM Rock Springs Field Office
280 Highway 191 North
Rock Springs, WY 82901
BLM_WY_QuakingAspen_Wind@blm.gov

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) 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, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

Please list “Quaking Aspen Scoping Comment” in the subject line of your email. Before including your address, phone number, email, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be aware your entire comment–including your personal identifying information–may be made publicly available at any time. While you may request we withhold your personal information from public view, we cannot guarantee we will be able to do so. For more information, visit: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rsfo/quaking-aspen.html. For specific questions, contact Project Manager Lorraine Keith, 307-352-0352.

Release Date: 11/08/11
Contacts: Serena Baker,
307-212-0197

Source:  Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov 8 November 2011

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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