Wind Energy
Mountain-Prairie Region

Chokecherry-Sierra Madre
Wind Energy Project

Golden eagle in tree

The Chokecherry-Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project EIS

The Power Company of Wyoming LLC (PCW) is proposing to develop Chokecherry-Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project (Project) in Carbon County, Wyoming. The project would be situated on private, state-owned lands, and lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) south of Rawlins, Wyoming. Phase I of the Project development would consist of about 500 turbines and associated land, arterial and access roads, power lines, power transfer facilities, construction staging areas, and other project infrastructure.

PCW is requesting from the Service a programmatic permit to take eagles. Programmatic eagle take permits are authorized under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) and its implementing regulations. The consideration by the Service of whether to authorize take of eagles is a Federal action that triggers the requirement of environmental impact analysis under the National Environmental Policy (NEPA).

As part of the project proposal, PCW intends to design and implement conservation measures to reduce potential impacts of the Project. These measures include an eagle conservation plan and an avian protection plan and other measures that PCW will prepare to accompany its application for a take permit. The information that PCW develops will be posted on this site as they are submitted to the Service.

On June 29, 2012, the BLM issued an EIS that addressed the suitablility of wind energy development in the Chokecherry-Sierra Madre application area. As background, a link to that document is provided below.

Recent Actions

In April 2014, the Service received a Final Scoping Report which summarized the major issues raised by the public and by other agencies that we will be considering as we develop a draft EIS.

On December 4, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a Notice of Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in the Federal Register.

In accordance with the Council of Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations for implementing NEPA and the Department of the Interior's NEPA regulations, the Service solicits public comments on the scope of the draft EIS, including alternatives, mitigation, cumulative impacts that should be considered, and issues that the draft EIS should address. We request data, comments, new information or suggestions from the public, other concerned government agencies, the scientific community, Tribes, industry or other interested parties on this notice.

Public Scoping Meetings

The Service held two public scoping meetings as follows:

Monday, December 16, 2013, at 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm (MT)
Jeffrey Center
315 West Pine Street
Rawlins, Wyoming 82301

Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm (MT)
Platte Valley Community Center
210 West Elm Street
Saratoga, Wyoming 82331

Presentations will be made at 4:30 and 5:30 pm.

For additional information regarding public meetings, please contact:
Dr. Mike Dixon at (303) 236-8132, or Michael_D_Dixon@fws.gov

Comment Dates and Addresses

To ensure comments are fully considered in developing the draft EIS, comments must be receive by 12:59 pm (MST) on February 3, 2014.

Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:

by U.S. Postal Service:

Chokecherry-Sierra Madre EIS
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
P.O. Box 25486 DFC
Denver, Colorado 80225

by hand delivery/courier:

Chokecherry-Sierra Madre EIS
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

by email:

Initiation of Scoping

Power Company of Wyoming Application

Project application materials will be posted here as they are filed with the Service

BLM 2012 EIS

 

Last updated: May 8, 2014