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Fish and Wildlife Service Evaluates Landmark Wind Energy Corridor from Canada to Gulf of Mexico

-Public Comment Sought-

As part of Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s “Smart from the Start” initiative to accelerate the responsible development of wind energy projects across the nation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has begun to evaluate the environmental impacts of wind energy development across a 200-mile wide corridor stretching from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico on the Texas coast. This innovative approach to wind energy development, the first of this scope, will apply to non-federal lands.

“Wind energy is crucial to our nation’s future economic and environmental security. We will do our part to facilitate development of wind energy resources, while ensuring that they are sited and designed in ways that minimize and avoid negative impacts to fish and wildlife,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “This EIS process gives us an opportunity to evaluate impacts to dozens of imperiled species at a landscape level to ensure that wind energy development occurs in the right places in the right way.”

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Great Plains Wind Energy HCP Plan area map, click HERE to open larger version (.pdf)

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Scoping Area by State:
TEXAS (south) TEXAS (west)

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Final Scoping Document - February 16, 2012    (900kb PDF)
Appendix A    (100kb PDF)
Appendix B    (800kb PDF)
Appendix C    (1.2mb PDF)
Appendix D    (16mb PDF)
Appendix E    (4.5mb PDF)
Appendix F    (600kb PDF)
Appendix G    (900kb PDF)

Federal Register Notice of Intent announcing scoping meetings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Habitat Conservation Plan for Commercial Wind Energy Developments within Nine States (160kb PDF)
FAQs Document (98kb PDF) EIS scoping meeting posters (19mb PDF)
Scoping meeting presentation (680kb PDF) Species Factsheet (4mb PDF)
Project Factsheet (570kb PDF)

Last updated: September 1, 2015