Viridis Wind Turbine Meeting in Rawlins

You are invited to attend the first cooperating agency meeting for the Viridis Master Plan Wind Energy Development Project in Rawlins scheduled for Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The meeting will be at Jeffrey Memorial Community Center, 315 W Pine St, Rawlins, WY 82301.

The proposed Viridis Wind Development Project is located within the Shirley Basin area of Wyoming approximately 35 miles south of Casper and about 15 miles north of Medicine Bow, and can be accessed from Highways 77 and 487. The project area comprises approximately 98,000 acres consisting of approximately 86,000 acres of BLM-administered lands and approximately 12,000 acres of state land. The project area generally encompasses all or portions of 186 sections total located within Townships 25 through 28 North and Ranges 78 through 81 West, and 6th Principal Meridian in Carbon County, Wyoming . In compliance with NEPA, preparation of the EIS and associated Record of Decision (ROD) will inform the BLM on whether to issue rights-of- way
for a wind energy development facility and ancillary facilities (consisting of access roads, electric collection system, an electric transmission line, electric substations, and operations and maintenance buildings).

Viridis proposes to maximize the wind resource development of the site, sequentially prioritizing the most efficient, vetted wind turbine generator (WTG) locations within the project area. A preliminary concept includes installation of up to 735 WTG and ancillary facilities. Ancillary facilities include an underground/overhead 34.5-kilovolt (kV)
collection system; buried communication cabling; substations; access roads; meteorological towers; two maintenance and storage buildings; construction staging/storage areas; and internal overhead 230-kV transmission network. The extent of development will in part depend on the content of the EIS, ROD, and associated permit decisions, including any environmental restrictions or limitations imposed by the BLM for
operations proposed on BLM-administered lands.

An initial review indicates that the Project may also require a land use plan amendment to address lack of conformance with visual resource management classes identified in the BLM Rawlins Field Office Resource Management Plan. Additionally, due to known and suspected eagle use in the Project area, an eagle take permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been recommended.

(reprinted from an informational email by Heather M. Schultz. RECO Project Manager, hschultz@blm.gov, Rawlins Field Office, BLM. For questions, please email her.)

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