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Chokecherry-Sierra Madre Wind Energy (Phase 1)

Project Information
Sector: Renewable Energy Production
Project Category: 
FAST-41 Covered Projects
Project Status: 
In Progress
Description: 

The first phase of the Chokecherry Sierra Madre (CCSM) Wind Energy Project  proposes to build 500 wind turbines in Carbon County, Wyoming.  Early coordination has resulted in numerous mutually-agreed upon wildlife monitoring practices that will improve the siting of wind turbines. Additionally, the project proponent has significantly modified its proposed action to take into account issues raised by the public with regards to potential conflicts with other resource uses in the area. Once completed, the project will have the capacity to generate up to 1,500 megawatts of clean, renewable power -- enough to run nearly 500,000 homes.

The programmatic Record of Decision (ROD) was signed October 2012 that determines that wind energy development is appropriate within a portion of the 219,707-acre conceptual area of development for the CCSM Project.   An Environmental Assessment for Infrastructure Components (EA1) and Decision Record (DR) on the Phase I Haul Road and Facilities, Road Rock Quarry and West Sinclair Rail Facility was signed by the Department of the Interior (DOI) Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management on Dec. 23, 2014.  The decision was later amended in May 2016.  This amendment provided management flexibility to issue multiple right-of-way grants as provided for by the CCSM ROD.  ROW grants were issued for the Infrastructure Components and construction commenced in August 2016. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Phase I Wind Turbine Development Draft Environmental Assessment (EA2) and Draft Finding of No New Significant Impacts (FONNSI) in March 2016, prepared consistent with the tiering procedures outlined in the ROD for the CCSM Wind Energy Project. After reviewing public comments, the BLM completed the environmental analysis and signed a Decision Record approving the turbine development on January 17, 2017. The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) also completed an Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the project on December 9, 2016.

Additional information is available on the ePlanning website at:

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=renderDefaultPlanOrProjectSite&projectId=58548

Permitting Timeline

Action Agency Target Completionsort descending Status
Environmental Assessment (EA)
Milestones:
Determination to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA)
Release for Public Review
Draft EA or other means of coordinating the development of an EA
Final EA
Draft proposed Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
Issuance of Final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
Complete 12/23/2014
Decision to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement
Issuance of Supplemental EA
Issuance of Supplemental FONSI
Bureau of Land Management Complete
Environmental Assessment (EA)
Milestones:
Determination to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA)
Complete
Release for Public Review
Complete
Draft EA or other means of coordinating the development of an EA
Final EA
Draft proposed Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
Issuance of Final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
Complete 01/17/2017
Decision to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement
Issuance of Supplemental EA
Issuance of Supplemental FONSI
Bureau of Land Management Complete
Right-of-Way Authorization (DOI-BLM)
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete
Completed application received
N/A
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Complete 07/20/2017
Target: 07/14/2017
Notice to proceed
N/A
Review Terminated with no decision
N/A
Bureau of Land Management Complete
Section 106 Review
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete
Completed application received
N/A
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Complete
Notice to proceed
N/A
Review Terminated with no decision
N/A
Wyoming (Cooperating under NEPA) Complete
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Scoping
Complete
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Complete 07/21/2011
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Complete 06/28/2012
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
N/A
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Final EIS published in the Federal Register
N/A
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision
Complete 10/08/2012
Target: 09/26/2012
Issuance of an Amended Record of Decision
Bureau of Land Management Complete
Endangered Species Act Consultation - FWS
Milestones:
Date of Request for formal consultation received
Complete 07/01/2012
Target: 07/01/2012
Consultation Initiation Date
Complete
Final Biological Opinion Issued
Complete 09/04/2012
Target: 09/27/2012
Fish and Wildlife Service 09/27/2012 Complete
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Complete 08/04/2013
Target: 04/29/2013
Scoping
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Complete 12/09/2014
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
N/A
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Final EIS published in the Federal Register
N/A
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision
Target: 07/14/2015
Issuance of an Amended Record of Decision
N/A
Fish and Wildlife Service 07/14/2015 Complete
Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Permit
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
In Progress
Target: 10/30/2017
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
Fish and Wildlife Service 10/30/2017 In Progress
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