West Fry Wind Energy LLC, California Desert District, Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and To Amend the California Desert Conservation Area Plan, 30150-30151 [E8-11602]

Download as PDF 30150 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 101 / Friday, May 23, 2008 / Notices correspondence—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. The Final IAP/ EIS is available on the BLM-Alaska Web site at http:www.blm.gov/ak. CD or paper copies may be requested by calling Jim Ducker, BLM project lead at 907–271–3130. Jim Ducker, BLM Alaska State Office, 907– 271–3130. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: This Supplemental IAP/EIS supplements the Northeast NPR–A Amended IAP/EIS, which was completed in January 2005 and was followed with a Record of Decision in January 2006. On September 25, 2006, the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska found the Amended IAP/EIS analysis failed to fully consider the cumulative effects of oil and gas leasing in planning area and in the adjacent Northwest NPR–A planning area and vacated the Record of Decision for the Amended IAP/EIS. The Supplemental IAP/EIS provides the additional analysis necessary to fully address deficiencies noted by the court and updates relevant sections of the document with information that has become available since the completion of the Amended IAP/EIS. Like the Amended IAP/EIS, the Supplemental IAP/EIS considers additional oil and gas leasing opportunities in the same approximately 4.6 million acres in the northeast portion of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The Supplemental IAP/EIS considers the same issues and almost identical alternatives as were addressed in the Amended IAP/EIS. The Final Supplemental IAP/EIS identifies as the Preferred Alternative a modified version of Alternative D that appeared in the Draft Supplemental IAP/EIS. The primary modification is to defer more than 500,000 acres from leasing for 10 years following the adoption of a decision on the plan. dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: March 17, 2008. Thomas P. Lonnie, State Director. [FR Doc. E8–11478 Filed 5–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–JA–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:34 May 22, 2008 Jkt 214001 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [CA 680–08–5101–ER B293; CACA 48902] West Fry Wind Energy LLC, California Desert District, Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and To Amend the California Desert Conservation Area Plan Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321–4347, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Barstow Field Office, Barstow, California, will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the development and operation of a wind energy farm on public lands in the West Fry Mountains northeast of Lucerne Valley, California to meet the requirements of NEPA. The project and associated ancillary facilities will require one or more BLM right-of-way authorizations. Pursuant to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan, new power generation projects must be evaluated through the planning process. By this notice the BLM is announcing a 45-day period for public scoping of alternatives, issues, the scope of the direct, indirect, and cumulative analysis for this proposal and associated planning criteria. In addition, BLM is requesting the views of other agencies as to the scope and content of the environmental information that is germane to the statutory responsibilities or areas of expertise for your agencies in connection with the proposed project and the analysis of its impacts. DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process. Requests for participation in the development of this EIS as a cooperating or participating agency, and comments on issues or alternatives related to this proposal must be received within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register, and may be submitted in writing to the address listed below. Additionally, at least two scoping meetings will be held to encourage public input. The public meetings will be announced through the local news media, newspapers, and the BLM Web site (http://www.ca.blm.gov/barstow) at least 15 days prior to the event. Additional opportunities for public participation will be provided upon publication of the draft EIS. PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Requests for participation in the EIS development by agencies, requests to be added to the mailing list, and comments on the scope and content of the EIS should be sent to Edy Seehafer, Environmental Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management, Barstow Field Office, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311, by fax at 760–252– 6099, or e-mail at cabaeis@ca.blm.gov. A follow-up hard copy is requested when comments are sent by fax or email, to assure readability. Documents pertinent to this proposal, including comments with the names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review Monday through Friday, except holidays, at the BLM Barstow Field Office located at 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, California, during regular business hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and may be published as part of the EIS. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: EIS/ EIR Process: Edy Seehafer, 760–252– 6021, or cabaeis@ca.blm.gov. Technical Information: Joan Patrovsky, 760–252– 6032, or jpatrovs@ca.blm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: West Fry Wind Energy, LLC has applied for a right of way on public lands to construct a wind energy generating facility in the West Fry Mountains in San Bernardino County, California. The 3,100 acre project site is northeast of Lucerne Valley, on public lands managed as the Johnson Valley Off Highway Vehicle area. The proposed project is comprised of (1) A main access road from the northwest (off Camp Rock Road); (2) other internal access roads; (3) up to 34 wind turbine generators, each up to 425 feet tall; (4) associated pad-mounted transformers; (5) an underground electrical collection system; (6) a new 230 kV electrical substation; (7) a 500ft 230 kV overhead transmission line from the substation to a new switchyard; (8) the new switchyard where the project would interconnect to ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 101 / Friday, May 23, 2008 / Notices Southern California Edison’s Pisgah No.2, 230 kV line; (9) an operations and maintenance (O&M) building; (10) underground communication lines; and (11) two permanent meteorological towers. The O&M facility would be on a separate BLM parcel located approximately 7 miles from the wind energy facility. The proposed project would take approximately 7 months to construct. Issues that are anticipated to be addressed in this EIS and plan amendment include impacts to visual resources, noise, birds, socioeconomics, OHV use, hiking, hunting, electrical transmission capacity, and cumulative impacts. The CDCA Plan (1980, as amended), while recognizing the potential compatibility of wind generation facilities on public lands, requires that all power generating facilities be considered through the planning process. Planning criteria for consideration of a CDCA plan amendment to provide for power generation at this site include: a. The plan amendment will be completed in compliance with FLPMA, NEPA and all other applicable Federal and State laws, Executive orders, and management policies of the BLM; b. The plan amendment will recognize and conform to previous sitespecific planning decisions from BLM regional and bioregional plans; c. Where existing planning decisions are still valid, those decisions will remain unchanged; d. Where appropriate, this EIS will reference the BLM Programmatic Wind EIS (2005); e. For the purposes of cumulative analysis, past, present, and reasonably foreseeable projects will be those alternative energy projects which have been approved, or for which a draft or final plan of development has been received, or is anticipated prior to the release of the draft or final EIS, within the CDCA; f. The plan amendment and any rights-of way issued will recognize valid existing rights; and g. Interagency and Native American Tribal consultations will be conducted in accordance with policy, and will be given due consideration. The planning process will include the consideration of impacts on Indian trust assets, other jurisdictions, and agencies. Copies of the environmental assessment and initial study are not attached. Pursuant to NEPA Departmental Guidelines, in 516 DM 11.4, the Bureau of Land Management has opted to forego preparation of an environmental assessment and proceed directly to a draft EIS. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:34 May 22, 2008 Jkt 214001 Dated: May 12, 2008. Roxie C. Trost, Field Manager, Barstow Field Office. [FR Doc. E8–11602 Filed 5–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–40–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service 30-Day Notice of Submission to the Office of Management and Budget; Opportunity for Public Comment (OMIB34 1024–xxxx, ‘‘Appalachian Trail Management Partners Survey’’) Department of the Interior, National Park Service. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 5 CFR Part 1320, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, the National Park Service (NPS) invites public comments on a proposed new collection of information (OMB #1024– xxxx). 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AGENCY: ACTION: Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate a cultural item in the possession of The Nelson Gallery PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30151 Foundation, Kansas City, MO, that meets the definition of ‘‘sacred object’’ under 25 U.S.C. 3001. This notice is published as part of the National Park Service’s administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003 (d)(3). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the cultural item. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice. The cultural item is a Prayer Stick (2002.5.1). It is carved from maple wood, measuring 6 3/4 inches by 1 1/ 2 inches by 1/4 inches. The central length of the object consists of an elongated, softly curved diamond shape terminating at the upper and lower ends in square configurations, surmounted at the top by a small diamond–shaped projection. Occupying the upper square of the front surface are incised images of a house and four trees. Below, occupying the length of the central panel, are three identical sets of carved symbols. All of these features conform to the classic form of other documented Kickapoo prayer sticks. Printed in ink on the reverse side are old catalogue numbers, E89A and M805A. In 1939, the prayer stick was collected on the Potawatomi Reservation in Kansas from Martha Jackson, a Kickapoo woman who apparently married into the Potawatomi tribe, by Floyd Schultz, a prominent Clay Center, KS, businessman and civic leader, who was also an amateur archeologist and ethnologist. Research suggests that Mr. Schultz obtained the prayer stick legally and ethically from Mrs. Jackson. Sometime within the ten years following Mr. Schultz’s death in 1951, the cultural item was sold by his widow to Pat Read, an Indian trader and art dealer based in Lawrence, KS, as part of a larger ethnographic collection. Mr. Read sold the piece in the mid–1960s to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Frank, Arroyo Hondo, NM. In 2002, The Nelson Gallery Foundation, which also does business as The Nelson–Atkins Museum of Art, purchased the cultural item from Mr. and Mrs. Frank. During consultation, members of the Kennekuk Church of the Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas presented evidence that the prayer stick met NAGPRA’s definition as a ‘‘sacred object’’ and is needed for the practice of a traditional Native American religion by present–day adherents. Officials of The Nelson Gallery Foundation have determined that, pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001 (3)(C), the one cultural item described above is a E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[CA 680-08-5101-ER B293; CACA 48902]


West Fry Wind Energy LLC, California Desert District, Notice of 
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and To Amend the 
California Desert Conservation Area Plan

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Intent.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321-4347, the Bureau 
of Land Management (BLM), Barstow Field Office, Barstow, California, 
will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 
development and operation of a wind energy farm on public lands in the 
West Fry Mountains northeast of Lucerne Valley, California to meet the 
requirements of NEPA. The project and associated ancillary facilities 
will require one or more BLM right-of-way authorizations. Pursuant to 
the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan, new power 
generation projects must be evaluated through the planning process. By 
this notice the BLM is announcing a 45-day period for public scoping of 
alternatives, issues, the scope of the direct, indirect, and cumulative 
analysis for this proposal and associated planning criteria. In 
addition, BLM is requesting the views of other agencies as to the scope 
and content of the environmental information that is germane to the 
statutory responsibilities or areas of expertise for your agencies in 
connection with the proposed project and the analysis of its impacts.

DATES: This notice initiates the public scoping process. Requests for 
participation in the development of this EIS as a cooperating or 
participating agency, and comments on issues or alternatives related to 
this proposal must be received within 45 days of the date of 
publication of this notice in the Federal Register, and may be 
submitted in writing to the address listed below. Additionally, at 
least two scoping meetings will be held to encourage public input. The 
public meetings will be announced through the local news media, 
newspapers, and the BLM Web site (http://www.ca.blm.gov/barstow) at 
least 15 days prior to the event. Additional opportunities for public 
participation will be provided upon publication of the draft EIS.

ADDRESSES: Requests for participation in the EIS development by 
agencies, requests to be added to the mailing list, and comments on the 
scope and content of the EIS should be sent to Edy Seehafer, 
Environmental Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management, Barstow Field 
Office, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311, by fax at 760-252-6099, 
or e-mail at cabaeis@ca.blm.gov. A follow-up hard copy is requested 
when comments are sent by fax or e-mail, to assure readability. 
Documents pertinent to this proposal, including comments with the names 
and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review 
Monday through Friday, except holidays, at the BLM Barstow Field Office 
located at 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, California, during regular 
business hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and may be published as part 
of the EIS. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 
address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you 
should be aware that your entire comment--including your personal 
identifying information--may be made publicly available at any time. 
While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we 
will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations and 
businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as 
representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be 
available for public inspection in their entirety.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: EIS/EIR Process: Edy Seehafer, 760-
252-6021, or cabaeis@ca.blm.gov. Technical Information: Joan Patrovsky, 
760-252-6032, or jpatrovs@ca.blm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: West Fry Wind Energy, LLC has applied for a 
right of way on public lands to construct a wind energy generating 
facility in the West Fry Mountains in San Bernardino County, 
California. The 3,100 acre project site is northeast of Lucerne Valley, 
on public lands managed as the Johnson Valley Off Highway Vehicle area. 
The proposed project is comprised of (1) A main access road from the 
northwest (off Camp Rock Road); (2) other internal access roads; (3) up 
to 34 wind turbine generators, each up to 425 feet tall; (4) associated 
pad-mounted transformers; (5) an underground electrical collection 
system; (6) a new 230 kV electrical substation; (7) a 500-ft 230 kV 
overhead transmission line from the substation to a new switchyard; (8) 
the new switchyard where the project would interconnect to

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Southern California Edison's Pisgah No.2, 230 kV line; (9) an 
operations and maintenance (O&M) building; (10) underground 
communication lines; and (11) two permanent meteorological towers. The 
O&M facility would be on a separate BLM parcel located approximately 7 
miles from the wind energy facility. The proposed project would take 
approximately 7 months to construct.
    Issues that are anticipated to be addressed in this EIS and plan 
amendment include impacts to visual resources, noise, birds, 
socioeconomics, OHV use, hiking, hunting, electrical transmission 
capacity, and cumulative impacts. The CDCA Plan (1980, as amended), 
while recognizing the potential compatibility of wind generation 
facilities on public lands, requires that all power generating 
facilities be considered through the planning process. Planning 
criteria for consideration of a CDCA plan amendment to provide for 
power generation at this site include:
    a. The plan amendment will be completed in compliance with FLPMA, 
NEPA and all other applicable Federal and State laws, Executive orders, 
and management policies of the BLM;
    b. The plan amendment will recognize and conform to previous site-
specific planning decisions from BLM regional and bioregional plans;
    c. Where existing planning decisions are still valid, those 
decisions will remain unchanged;
    d. Where appropriate, this EIS will reference the BLM Programmatic 
Wind EIS (2005);
    e. For the purposes of cumulative analysis, past, present, and 
reasonably foreseeable projects will be those alternative energy 
projects which have been approved, or for which a draft or final plan 
of development has been received, or is anticipated prior to the 
release of the draft or final EIS, within the CDCA;
    f. The plan amendment and any rights-of way issued will recognize 
valid existing rights; and
    g. Interagency and Native American Tribal consultations will be 
conducted in accordance with policy, and will be given due 
consideration. The planning process will include the consideration of 
impacts on Indian trust assets, other jurisdictions, and agencies. 
Copies of the environmental assessment and initial study are not 
attached. Pursuant to NEPA Departmental Guidelines, in 516 DM 11.4, the 
Bureau of Land Management has opted to forego preparation of an 
environmental assessment and proceed directly to a draft EIS.

    Dated: May 12, 2008.
Roxie C. Trost,
Field Manager, Barstow Field Office.
[FR Doc. E8-11602 Filed 5-22-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4310-40-P