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Quaking Aspen Wind Energy Project scoping period extended  

Credit:  Little Chicago Review, www.littlechicagoreview.com 7 December 2011 ~~

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office (RSFO) is extending the scoping period for the Quaking Aspen Wind Energy Project and will host a public meeting on Monday, Dec. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Patio Room, 1675 Sunset Drive, Rock Springs, Wyo.

Public scoping on the Quaking Aspen Wind Energy Project began Nov. 8, with the publication of the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement in the Federal Register. Comments will be accepted until Tuesday, Dec. 27.

The scoping meeting will feature information stations where proponent staff and BLM specialists will answer questions and explain key issues associated with the project. A brief presentation will be made at 6 p.m.

The Quaking Aspen Wind Energy Project is a proposal by Evergreen Wind Power Partners, LLC, to construct up to 100 wind turbines with a 250 megawatt capacity which be transported by approximately 14 miles of power line. The project area is in Sweetwater County, 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, and 13 miles south of the Interstate 80 corridor.

The NOI would segregate 3,699 acres of BLM-administered federal lands within the 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.

Written, substantive comments are most helpful if they cite specific actions or impacts, offer informed analysis. Comments may be submitted via mail, hand-delivered during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 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.

Source:  Little Chicago Review, www.littlechicagoreview.com 7 December 2011

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