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Final EIS Published on Searchlight Wind Energy Project
Posting Date: 12/18/2012

Press Release

LAS VEGAS -- A Final Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed wind energy facility near Searchlight, Nev., was released Dec. 14, starting a 30-day review period before a final decision on the project is made. The BLM’s notice was available on the Federal Register electronic desk on Friday and it will be published on Dec. 18.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Vegas Field Office released the EIS, which recommends cutting the size of the original proposal from 161 wind turbines to 87. That change and others came through extensive public comments periods on the Draft EIS as well as discussions with the area tribes and State and federal agencies.

The Searchlight Wind Energy, LLC proposal is to construct and operate a wind energy generating facility, which would produce approximately 200 megawatts of electricity and deliver power to the electrical transmission grid by 2015.

In addition to the wind turbines, the proposed project would require

the construction of pad mounted transformers at the base of each turbine, underground collection lines, new access roads, two electrical substations, an overhead transmission line connecting the two substations, an electrical interconnection facility/switchyard owned and operated by Western Area Power Administration, an operations and maintenance building, and temporary and permanent laydown areas.

Three meteorological masts would remain on the site to measure the wind speed and direction over the life of the project.

The right-of-way application area encompasses approximately 18,789.71 acres of BLM-administered public lands along U.S. Route 95. The permanent footprint of the project, as proposed, would be approximately 163 acres.

The Final EIS is available for public inspection at the BLM Southern Nevada District Office. Printed or electronic copies of the Final EIS are available by request from the BLM Southern Nevada District Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130, phone (702) 515-5173, or email: BLM_NV_SNDO_SearchlightWindEnergyEIS@blm.gov. Interested persons may also review the Final EIS on the Internet at

http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/energy/searchlight_wind_energy.html.

For more information, please call Gregory Helseth, at 702-515-5173.

 

Commentary
  • Posted Date: 12/18/2012
    The permanent footprint of the project, will not 163 acres as stated in the article. It will be thousands of miles because these projects kill everything that flies. Golden Eagles migrating from as far away as Alaska will be killed. Everyone should read about the proven Golden Eagle population collapse in the Mojave region and the fraud behind this USFWS and wind industry cover-up. It was published in the East County Magazine. The Golden Eagle is disappearing from the Western US. I looked at the Final EIR and it is pure rubbish. Golden Eagles in desert areas routinely have nesting and foraging territories of 100 square miles or more. In the EIR there is very deceptive information that the golden eagle home range should not overlap the project. There is a survey that states there is a nest within 4 miles of the project. Who in the BLM is signing off on this garbage?
    By: Jim Wiegand
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  • Posted Date: 12/19/2012
    When looking over studies related to wind turbines communities might even consider getting the FBI involved for attempted fraud because some of these studies coming from these experts are so bad that there is no other reasonable explanation.
    By: Jim Wiegand
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