Wind Energy Comments Requested
Kingman, Ariz. (Nov 30, 2009) - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kingman Field Office is asking for public comment regarding the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the effects for a wind energy right-of-way application submitted by BP Wind Energy of North America for the Mohave County Wind Farm Project. The Western Area Power Administration is a cooperating agency for the project.
Public open house meetings to discuss the project are scheduled for:
- Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Dolan Springs, Ariz. at the Dolan Springs Community Center, 15195 Pierce Ferry Road. Presentation at 6:45 pm.
- Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Kingman, Ariz. at the Hampton Inn, 1791 Sycamore Avenue. Presentation at 6:45 pm.
- Thursday, December 10, 2009, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in White Hills, Ariz. at the White Hills Community Center, 8599 W. White Hills Blvd. Presentation at 6:45 pm.
BP Wind Energy has gathered wind data for more than four years, and is now proposing to construct, operate, and maintain facilities and improvements associated with wind energy generation including up to 335 wind turbine generators, roads, power lines, substations and other ancillary facilities and improvements.
The project area for the proposed development includes approximately 44,860 acres of public land in the White Hills area approximately 40 miles northwest of Kingman and approximately 20 miles southeast of Hoover Dam. BP Wind Energy proposes to potentially site a range of 10 to 100 of the total 335 wind turbines on approximately 4,360 acres of private lands adjacent to the public lands.
Preliminary issues that have been identified include: access requirements, air quality during construction; cultural and historical resources; high potential minerals; noise; sensitive soils and geology; recreation resources; socioeconomics; visual resources; water resources; and wildlife and habitats.
For more information, call Jerry Crockford, the BLM contracted Project Manager at (505) 360-0473. Information will also be posted on the BLM Arizona Web site: www.blm.gov/az.