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Eagle HMA Gather + Spring Valley Wind, LLC=Fast Track Initiative…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on January 11, 2010


Well, there’s the upcoming Eagle HMA Gather (Feb. 2010) , and then there’s the Spring Valley Wind Project. The Eagle HMA Gather comes not even on the heels but in the very midst of the much debated Calico Gather. (Eagle HMA EA Dec 2009) According to the Spring Valley Wind Project EA, (Spring Valley Complete Pack v8) the construction schedule is as follows:

 

(Don’t forget, public comment period for Eagle Gather ends on Jan. 27, 2010. Email eaglegather@blm.gov to submit.) On the BLM.gov website for the Ely District, the EA’s are literally listed one after the other.

The Spring Valley Wind Project is a proposed 150-megawatt wind generation farm that would be constructed on 8,565 acres of the public lands in north Spring Valley, about 30 miles East of Ely, NV in Spring Valley, White Pine County, NV. The project would consist of 63-75 wind turbines and electrical substation; and would utilize an existing 230 kilovolt (kv) transmission line for distribution. The proponent of this project is Spring Valley Wind, LLC., a NextLight Renewable Energies, LLC. company. Contact information for Spring Valley Wind, LLC.: 1600 Smith Street, Suite 4024, Houston, TX 77008.

On May 02, 2009 a press release was issued by the BLM: Salazar Announces $305 Million Economic Stimulus Investment through the Bureau of Land Management to Restore Landscapes, Develop Renewable Energy, and Create Jobs Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced $305 million will fund more than 650 Bureau of Land Management projects across the country under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The investments will restore landscapes and habitat, spur renewable energy development on public lands, and create jobs. Overall, the Department of the Interior will manage $3 billion in investments as part of the recovery plan signed by the President to jumpstart our economy, create or save jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. “The President has said that our nation has a ‘moral, environmental, economic, and security imperative to address our dependence on foreign oil and tackle climate change in a serious, sustainable manner,’” Secretary Salazar said. “Many of these BLM investments, including several here in Nevada, will lay the groundwork for our clean energy future by opening the new energy frontier and creating new, green jobs here in America.” (For full article, http://recovery.doi.gov/press/2009/05/salazar-announces-305-million-economic-stimulus-investment-through-the-bureau-of-land-management-to-restore-landscapes-develop-renewable-energy-and-create-jobs/)

On June 29, 2009 a press release was issued by the BLM: Secretary Salazar, Senator Reid Announce ‘Fast-Track’ Initiatives for Solar Energy Development on Western Lands LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Under initiatives announced today by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), federal agencies will work with western leaders to designate tracts of U.S. public lands in the West as prime zones for utility-scale solar energy development, fund environmental studies, open new solar energy permitting offices and speed reviews of industry proposals. President Obama’s comprehensive energy strategy calls for rapid development of renewable energy, especially on America’s public lands,” said Secretary Salazar. “This environmentally-sensitive plan will identify appropriate Interior-managed lands that have excellent solar energy potential and limited conflicts with wildlife, other natural resources or land users. The two dozen areas we are evaluating could generate nearly 100,000 megawatts of solar electricity. With coordinated environmental studies, good land-use planning and zoning and priority processing, we can accelerate responsible solar energy production that will help build a clean-energy economy for the 21st century.” (For full article, visit http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2009/june/NR_0629_2009.html)

On Aug 07, 2009 BLM released the Renewable Energy Projects Table, Tracking Tool, Renewable Energy Projects Table Aug 2009, which showed the Spring Valley Wind Project was added as a “FAST TRACK PROJECT“. This document also states that the project will use 7,680 BLM Total Case Acres, that the application was received on Aug. 10 2007, and that the Date NEPA Initiated (NOI published for EIS/local publication of Notice of EA) was Oct. 01, 2009.

Then, just a few days ago on Jan. 07, 2010 BLM released the updated / revised version, Renewable Energy Projects Table Jan 2010, which showed the Project was still listed as a “FAST TRACK PROJECT“. This document states that the project will now use 8,565 acres with 665 more being disturbed, that the application date was Feb. 25, 2009,  and of course, the EA was released Dec. 16, 2009.

Is there a pattern surfacing? Or is it simply the workings of the Recovery Act?

For more information about the Spring Valley Wind Project, please contact:

Wells McGiffert, BLM Ely District Renewable Energy Project Manager
BLM Ely District Office
HC 33 Box 33500 (702 North Industrial Way)
Ely, NV 89301
775-289-1800
wells_mcgiffert@nv.blm.gov

© 2010 Tracie Lynn Thompson. All rights reserved.

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