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BLM schedules public meetings for West Fry wind energy project


The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled public scoping meetings for the West Fry wind energy generation facility project, which proposes to install approximately 34 wind turbines and ancillary electric facilities on approximately 3,100 acres of public lands in the West Fry Mountains, within the Johnson Valley off-highway vehicle area northeast of Lucerne Valley, in San Bernardino County, California.

The BLM published a notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) and plan amendment for the project on May 23, 2008.

The project would be comprised of a main access road from the northwest off of Camp Rock Road, other internal access roads, up to 34 wind turbine generators, and ancillary facilities. Ancillary facilities include pad-mounted transformers, an underground electrical collection system and underground communications lines, a new 230 kV electrical substation, a short 230 kV overhead transmission line from the new substation to a new switchyard where the project would interconnect to the existing Southern California Edison 230kV transmission line (Pisgah No.2), an operations and maintenance building, and two meteorological towers.

The NOI initiated a 45-day scoping period for the public to provide comments on issues to be addressed in the EIS. BLM will host two scoping meetings:

June 30, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m
Lucerne Valley Elementary School 10788 Barstow Road
Lucerne Valley, CA

July 1, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
City of Barstow Council Chambers220
East Mountain View
Barstow, CA

Comments must be submitted in writing or via email by July 11 to the following address:

Bureau of Land Management
Barstow Field Office
2601 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311

For further information contact project manager, Joan Patrovsky (760-252-6032) or environmental coordinator, Edythe Seehafer (760-252-6021) of the Bureau of Land Management, Barstow Field Office or by email at [email protected]

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12 June 2008
 

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May 23, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 101)]
[Notices]
[Page 30150-30151]

West Fry Wind Energy LLC, California Desert District, Notice of
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and To Amend the
California Desert Conservation Area Plan

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental
Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321-4347, the Bureau
of Land Management (BLM), Barstow Field Office, Barstow, California,
will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the
development and operation of a wind energy farm on public lands in the
West Fry Mountains northeast of Lucerne Valley, California to meet the
requirements of NEPA. The project and associated ancillary facilities
will require one or more BLM right-of-way authorizations. Pursuant to
the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan, new power
generation projects must be evaluated through the planning process. By
this notice the BLM is announcing a 45-day period for public scoping of
alternatives, issues, the scope of the direct, indirect, and cumulative
analysis for this proposal and associated planning criteria. In
addition, BLM is requesting the views of other agencies as to the scope
and content of the environmental information that is germane to the
statutory responsibilities or areas of expertise for your agencies in
connection with the proposed project and the analysis of its impacts.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process. Requests for
participation in the development of this EIS as a cooperating or
participating agency, and comments on issues or alternatives related to
this proposal must be received within 45 days of the date of
publication of this notice in the Federal Register, and may be
submitted in writing to the address listed below. Additionally, at
least two scoping meetings will be held to encourage public input. The
public meetings will be announced through the local news media,
newspapers, and the BLM Web site (http://www.ca.blm.gov/barstow) at
least 15 days prior to the event. Additional opportunities for public
participation will be provided upon publication of the draft EIS.

ADDRESSES: Requests for participation in the EIS development by
agencies, requests to be added to the mailing list, and comments on the
scope and content of the EIS should be sent to Edy Seehafer,
Environmental Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management, Barstow Field
Office, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311, by fax at 760-252-6099,
or e-mail at [email protected]. A follow-up hard copy is requested
when comments are sent by fax or e-mail, to assure readability.
Documents pertinent to this proposal, including comments with the names
and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review
Monday through Friday, except holidays, at the BLM Barstow Field Office
located at 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, California, during regular
business hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and may be published as part
of the EIS. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail
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. All submissions from organizations and
businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as
representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be
available for public inspection in their entirety.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: EIS/EIR Process: Edy Seehafer, 760-
252-6021, or [email protected]. Technical Information: Joan Patrovsky,
760-252-6032, or [email protected].
 

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Anyone able to attend? I've out of the state that week..
 

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i'm confused about these dates..

June 30, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m
Lucerne Valley Elementary School 10788 Barstow Road
Lucerne Valley, CA

July 1, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
City of Barstow Council Chambers220
East Mountain View
Barstow, CA

Anyone know?
 

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I'm putting it on my calendar. Not looking forward to a 200 mile round trip after working but that's the way it goes.
 

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I am unable to attend the wind mill meeting AND the FOJV meetings.. I have forwarded my concerns to Edy and also to a member of AMA D37 who will be present at the meeting! I received a nice email in return promptly thereafter!

Edy's email address:
[email protected]
 

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Anyone from FOJV going to these meetings? I got a conflict on both days. Crappy week for having meetings, do they do that on purpose?

James
I AGREE... Send in a letter!!

Edy Seehafer, Environmental Coordinator
Fax No: 760-252-6098
Or via email to the addy in the post above!~

Just because you can not attend doesn't mean you shouldn't send in any/all concerns! I also ask to be added to their mailing list for future info.
 

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Man...when it rains, it pours. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to make all of these important meetings!!! Sure wish I could teleport. BEAM ME UP SCOTTY!

Thanks for keeping this info coming John and crew!
 

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Are there any opinions on this project??

1) Alternative Energy in CA is going to be hard to stop
2) From what I see, there is no long term impact on current 4wd OHV activities.
3) From what I see, there IS going to be impact on some AMA District 37 (38?) race courses.

I really need to see the maps to see the overlays that will impact the D37 courses to know for sure. I would hope that this will be available at the June 30/July 1 meetings.

My concerns are:

1) Permanent Impact - How much land will be off limits to vehicle travel?
2) Temporary Impact - How long the construction phase would be and what impact that will have (I suspect the short term impact will cover more acres than the long term).
3) Any lose of OHV area will never be gained back.
 

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Steve:

See http://www.muirnet.net/4x4voice/index.php/access-issues/36-energy/122-wind-energy-johnson-valley-proposed

There is a link to FPLs project description.

There is thread in the Johnson Valley forum I started in December. The project description was overlaid with known trails. As I recall, Tower 24 (southern most tower) is about 1/4 mile north of a 4x4 trail.

FPL does not plan any extra "security" around their towers. Their safety concerns are in the rotor swept area, about 20 meters above ground.

Downside: disruption of access while construction is on progress.

Upside: Maybe some more canyons will be open......

That is AMA District 37 area of interest. District 36 is central/northern Cal. District 38 is San Diego/Imperial County area.

There will be a definite impact on some of the D37 routes. One major area of concern is the construction of the substation where it will tie into the transmission line.
 

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Steve's list is basicaly what I've been wondering as well.

Has ANYONE met with these guys in any preliminary meetings?

If this looks like it will affect District 37 more than others, what is District 37's take on this?
Jenn??? What's Jerry's take on this?
 

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If this looks like it will affect District 37 more than others, what is District 37's take on this?
Jenn??? What's Jerry's take on this?
I'll be contacting Jerry Grabow before the meeting to make sure I have a first hand viewpoint or D37's opinion. So far I only have second hand info.

If Jenn can chime in, that would work too.
 

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The windmill info was interesting. The windmills themselves will not be fenced in, therefore we can at least be up there. The roads could be another issue, in addition to the power transfer station and its infrastructure. Existing courses going across the roads and the dangers therein will need to be addressed.

It is obvious that windmills will be built, therefore, how can we best live with them and have minimal impact to the users of JV. God they are sure ugly.

Are they economically a good thing? Or is it just the tax write-offs that make them attractive. I know some guys I worked with in the 80s bought them up in Tehachapi as a tax dodge. In the end I believe they lost money due to maintenance and other like issues. I have a feeling economics will not be the driver to do this as much as it is an "alternative" energy.

By the way, here is a link to the proposed wind energy projects on the BLM site:
http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/ca/pdf/cdd/energy.Par.3353.File.dat/cdd_energy_points_8_5x11_wind.pdf

The green dots are the proposals. So where aren't they going to build them?
 

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There were some other meetings a while ago dealing with windmills on the Granite Mts. This is the range between Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley. Here is a link to the My Jeep Rocks site:

http://www.myjeeprocks.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10660

One of the folk wrote a very good letter (Max7 on pg 6). He got replies back from Jerry Lewis' office and Arnold. Lewis' was good. Arnold thanked him on his concerns for SF Bay!! They sent out the wrong form letter! Not a happy constituent.
 

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What is the OHV position on this?

ORBA, District 37, other groups, have you had talks with these people? Do you have an opinion on this?

What is the local JV residents' take on this? Do they support the windmills? If not, should we stand beside them in return for their standing by us in other issues?

There are a ton of questions regarding just what we will lose, and how far this will go (including later projects because you know it, once they have their foot in the door...), and especially if WE are considering the big picture in this multi-front JV fight. I'm going to these meetings to listen and learn but if I arrive there only to find out our position has already been stated by others...well...Dave's General 4x4 thread will apply once again, as it has applied a couple of times in the past two weeks.

Leaders and those speaking for us...read between the lines on this post... for those you represent and those you ask to follow you, information is key...are you delivering any?
 
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