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Comment period extended for proposed Lake County wind farm

The federal Bureau of Land Management on Thursday extended the deadline for comments on a proposed wind farm straddling Lake and Colusa counties even as officials prepared for the first of two public meetings on the project Thursday evening in Lakeport.

The deadline for public comment on the Walker Ridge Wind Park is now Oct. 13, BLM spokesman David Christy said.

Calgary-based AltaGas Renewable Energy Pacific Inc. is proposing up to 42 wind turbine generators north of Highway 20, roughly parallel and to the east of Indian Springs Reservoir, between Clear Lake and Williams.

BLM already has identified the proposed 500-acre project site as have potential for wind energy development, the company said.

The installation would be capable of producing up to 70 megawatts of power and would include an underground electrical collection system, a substation, an overhead transmission line, an interconnect station, an operations and maintenance building and access roads.

In an effort to identify areas of concern that should be addressed in an environmental impact statement to be prepared on the proposal, BLM is taking public comments and holding scoping sessions to collect public input.

The first such session is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in Lakeport, in the Lake County Board of Supervisors chambers, 255 N. Forbes St.

A second meeting is to be held in Colusa on Friday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Natural Resources Conservation Service office, 100 Sunrise Blvd., the BLM said.

The public also will have opportunities to weigh in once the EIS is released, as well, the BLM said.

More information on the project is available at www.altagas.ca/walker_ridge_wind_farm.


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