[Federal Register: December 16, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 242)]
[Page 76377-76378]
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Bureau of Land Management

[LLNV050000-L51010000.ER0000.F8740000; NVN-084626; 09-08807; TAS: 

Proposed Wind Energy Project, Searchlight, NV

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement 


SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., the Bureau of Land Management 
(BLM), Las Vegas Field Office will prepare an EIS for a wind energy 
project located on public lands in Clark County, Nevada.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process. Comments on 
issues may be submitted in writing until February 17, 2009. Any scoping 
meetings will be announced 15 days in advance through local news media 

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ADDRESSES: Submit comments related to the project by any of the 
following methods:
     E-mail: mchandle@nv.blm.gov
     Fax: (702) 515-5064 (attention Mark Chandler)
     Mail: BLM Las Vegas Field Office, 4701 North Torrey Pines 
Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130-2301
    Documents pertinent to this project may be examined at the Las 
Vegas Field Office. Additional opportunities for public participation 
will be provided on publication of the draft EIS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or to have 
your name added to the mailing list, call Mark Chandler, (702) 515-
5064; or e-mail mchandle@nv.blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Searchlight Wind Energy, LLC, has submitted 
an application for the construction, operation, maintenence, and 
termination of a wind energy generation site. The proposed project 
would consist of 156 wind turbine generators and related rights-of-way 
appurtenances, including a substation administered by the Western Area 
Power Administration east of Searchlight, Nevada. The proposed wind 
energy project would produce approximately 359 megawatts of 
electricity. The proposed project site will be located on approximately 
24,383 acres of public lands surrounding the town of Searchlight, 
    Issues that are anticipated to be addressed in this EIS include 
visual impacts, avian impacts, socioeconomic impacts, electrical 
transmission capacity, and cumulative impacts.
    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.
    Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as individuals or 
organizations that may be interested in or affected by the BLM's 
decision on this project are invited to participate in the scoping 
process and, if eligible, may request or be requested by the BLM to 
participate as a cooperating agency.

    Authority: 43 CFR 2800.

    Dated: December 4, 2008.
Kimber Liebhauser,
Assistant Field Manager, Lands Division, Las Vegas Field Office.
 [FR Doc. E8-29686 Filed 12-15-08; 8:45 am]