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Chokecherry-Sierra Madre Wind Energy

Project Information
Sector: 
Renewable Energy
Status: 
In Progress
Description: 

The Chokecherry Sierra Madre (CCSM) Wind Energy Project is a two phase development which proposes to build 1,000 wind turbines on 219,707 acres 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 3,000 megawatts of clean, renewable power -- enough to run nearly 1 million 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): 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.  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) (first 500 wind turbines) and Draft Finding of No New Significant Impacts (FONNSI) in March 2016. EA2 for Phase I Wind Turbine Development is being prepared consistent with the tiering procedures outlined in the ROD for the CCSM Wind Energy Project.  The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released the Phase I Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Eagle Take Permit in April 2016, and the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on was released on December 9, 2016.  The BLM is expected to release the final EA2, DR, and FONNSI the week of December 18, 2016.

Additional information is available on the project website at:

http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rfo/Chokecherry.html

Or on the ePlanning website at:

 

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=render

DefaultPlanOrProjectSite&projectId=58548

Reviews, Approvals and Permits

Title Responsible Agency Responsible Agency POC Target Completion Date Status
Review and conduct NEPA analysis on Phase 1 Eagle Take Permit application Dave Carlson 7/14/2015 In Progress
Review and conduct NEPA analysis on Phase 2 Eagle Take Permit application Dave Carlson 7/14/2014 Delayed
Review and conduct NEPA analysis for Sierra Madre ROW Grant application Pam Murdock 5/14/2014 Planned
ESA Section 7 Consultation Nathan Darnall 9/27/2012 Complete
Publish ROD Pam Murdock 9/26/2012 Complete
Protest Period Pam Murdock 7/29/2012 Complete
Publish NOA for FEIS Pam Murdock 6/28/2012 Complete
PFEIS Review by WO Pam Murdock 4/15/2012 Complete
BLM SO review of PFEIS Pam Murdock 3/11/2012 Complete
Publish NOA for DEIS Pam Murdock 7/21/2011 Complete
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