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Scoping period extended again


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced a new date for the scoping period closure for the infrastructure component environmental assessment (EA), set for the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project (CCSM).

The BLM initially scheduled 30 days for comment, and the original date for the close of the scoping period was Oct. 9. Because of the Federal government shutdown, the documents were not available on the BLM website from Oct. 1 through Oct. 9, 2013. 

The new closing date for the scoping period for the CCSM infrastructure component EA is Nov. 4. The CCSM Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision amended the Rawlins Resource Management Plan to allow wind development, but did not identify individual turbine locations. Subsequent tiered EAs are needed to analyze site-specific issues. The first to be analyzed will be an infrastructure component EA which includes the Haul Road, West Sinclair Rail Facility and Road Rock Quarry. 

Submit scoping comments on the proposed EA using the following methods:

Email: (please include “CCSM EA Scoping” in the subject line). Fax: 307-328-4224; Mail: The BLM Rawlins Field Office, CCSM EA Scoping, P.O. Box 2407, Rawlins, WY 82301


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