The Ukiah (California) Field Office for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a public meeting on July 9 to provide information and seek input on the proposed Walker Ridge Wind Energy Project.
A newly announced, 30-day comment period for the project will end July 24. Comments may be submitted at the public meeting, through the project website, via hand-delivery or by mail.
The Ukiah Field Office boundary includes approximately 270,000 acres of BLM-managed surface acres and 214,000 additional subsurface acres (mineral estate) in northern California. The wind project is proposed for Lake and Colusa counties.
Colusa Wind LLC is requesting a right-of-way grant to build a Type III wind energy project and erect up to 42 turbines on approximately 2,270 acres of BLM-managed public land along Walker Ridge, located within the Indian Valley Management Area. The proponent is also requesting to widen Walker Ridge Rd., construct a substation and overhead transmission line, and bury a collection line and tie-in to the existing Pacific Gas and Electric transmission line.
The open-house meeting will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, located at 15900 State Hwy. 20 in Clearlake Oaks, Calif.
The BLM intends to prepare an environmental impact statement and a potential amendment to the 2006 Ukiah Resource Management Plan. The 2006 Ukiah Resource Management Plan identified the Indian Valley Management Area as suitable for wind development.
More information can be found here.