Federal Register: July 26, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 142)

Well, I guess the Department of Interior can't be TOO mad at BP. They destroy the Gulf and what does our brilliant government do? Reward them with tax breaks to build an environmentally unfriendly wind farm. More here:

[Federal Register: July 26, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 142)]
[Page 43551-43552]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Bureau of Land Management

[LLAZC01000.L51010000.FX0000.LVRWA09A2310; AZA 32315]

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for
the Proposed Mohave County Wind Farm Project, Mohave County, AZ

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Intent.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of
1976 as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kingman Field
Office, Kingman, Arizona, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) and, by this notice, is announcing the beginning of a
second scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues.
The original Notice of Intent (NOI) was published in the Federal
Register on November 20, 2009 (74 FR 60289). This new notice reflects
significant changes to the project area.

DATES: This notice initiates a second public scoping process for this
EIS. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until August 25,
2010. The dates and locations of any scoping meetings will be announced
at least 15 days in advance through the local news media, newspapers,
and the BLM Web site at: http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/energy/wind/
mohave.html. In order to be included in the Draft EIS, all comments
must be received prior to the close of the scoping period or 15 days
after the last public meeting, whichever is later. We will provide
additional opportunities for public participation upon publication of
the Draft EIS.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments related to the Mohave County Wind
Project by any of the following methods:
Web site: http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/energy/wind/
E-mail: KFO_WindEnergy@blm.gov;
Fax: (928) 718-3761; or

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Mail: Mohave County Wind Farm, BLM, Kingman Field Office,
2755 Mission Boulevard, Kingman, Arizona 86401.
Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the BLM
Kingman Field Office, Kingman, Arizona.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you need more information or want
to add your name to our mailing list, contact Jerry Crockford, BLM-
contracted Project Manager, telephone (505) 360-0473, address 2755
Mission Boulevard, Kingman, Arizona 86401; e-mail KFO_
WindEnergy@blm.gov; or Melissa Warren, Project Manager, Renewable
Energy Coordination Office, telephone (928) 348-4446; address 2755
Mission Boulevard, Kingman, Arizona 86401; e-mail KFO_

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: British Petroleum Wind Energy North America
(BPWE), has applied for a right-of-way (ROW) authorization to
construct, operate and maintain a 500 megawatt (MW) wind farm on
approximately 31,338 acres of Federal land managed by the BLM and
approximately 8,960 acres of Federal land managed by the Bureau of
Reclamation (BOR), totaling approximately 40,298 acres of Federal land.
The project area is located in the White Hills area approximately 40
miles northwest of Kingman, Arizona, approximately 9 miles south of the
Colorado River, and approximately 20 miles southeast of Hoover Dam. The
project will consist of up to 335 wind turbine generators (WTGs).
Construction may consist of multiple phases for access roads and
ancillary facilities. The WTGs are anticipated to range in productive
output from 1.5 to 3.0 MW each. To the extent possible, existing roads
would be used for access to the project, supplemented with internal
access/service roads to each WTG. Ancillary facilities may include pad-
mounted transformers, an underground 34.5-kilovolt (kV) electrical
collection system between the turbines, distribution connector lines
(either underground or above-ground) tying the turbine strings to
either a 345- or 500-kV electrical substation, and either a 345- or
500-kV overhead transmission line from the substation to a new
switchyard where the project would interconnect with an existing
transmission line in the area.
BPWE submitted a prior application for this project requesting a
ROW authorization to construct, operate, and maintain a 500 MW wind
farm on approximately 45,420 acres of Federal lands managed by the BLM;
the prior application also anticipated that WTGs could be placed on
approximately 4,360 acres of private lands. The BLM published the first
NOI for this project in the Federal Register on November 20, 2009. As a
result of feedback received in the first scoping period and BPWE's
further refinement of its proposal for the project, approximately
13,522 acres of Federal lands managed by the BLM were removed from the
requested ROW area, the project was revised to eliminate construction
of WTGs on the approximately 4,360 acres of private lands, and
approximately 8,960 acres of Federal lands managed by the BOR were
added to the requested ROW area. In addition, the revised application
also seeks authorization from BLM for a linear ROW to allow
construction of a transmission line to connect to the existing
Moenkopi-El Dorado transmission line, approximately 6 miles south of
the project area. As a result of these changes to the application and
to further agency and public information about, and involvement in, the
BLM's review of the application, this second NOI is being published and
further scoping comments are solicited.
The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant
issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis,
including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EIS.
At present, the BLM has identified the following preliminary issues:
Access requirements; air quality during construction; cultural and
historical resources; areas with high mineral potential; noise;
sensitive soils and geology; recreation resources; socioeconomics;
threatened and endangered species; visual resources; water resources;
land with wilderness characteristics; and wildlife habitats. A Scoping
Report summarizing the issues generated by public involvement for the
original scoping period that concluded on January 8, 2010, is available
at: http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/energy/wind/mohave.html.
In accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act, the BLM
seeks to obtain the views of the public relating to the potential
effects of the proposed project on historic properties, including
prehistoric and historic sites, historic structures, and places of
traditional cultural importance. Native American tribal consultations
will be conducted in accordance with BLM's policy contained in BLM
Manual 8120, and tribal concerns, including impacts on Indian trust
assets, will be given due consideration. Federal, State, and local
agencies, along with other stakeholders that may be interested or
affected by the BLM's decision on this project, are invited to
participate in the scoping process and, if eligible, may request or be
requested by the BLM to participate as a cooperating agency.
Before including your address, phone number, email 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.

Authority: 43 CFR 2800.

James G. Kenna,
Arizona State Director.
[FR Doc. 2010-18217 Filed 7-23-10; 8:45 am]

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