Cheyenne, Wy – The effect of wind energy on wildlife and scenery and its potential to create jobs are among issues federal officials are exploring in a bid to boost wind power on public land.
The U-S Bureau of Land Management has begun preparing an environmental impact statement examining effects of a national wind energy program that would encourage leasing of B-L-M land for wind power projects.
B-L-M Wyoming State Director Bob Bennett says the agency sees wind power as part of a balanced approach to energy development on public lands.
Sixty commercial projects are pending on B-L-M property -- including nine in Wyoming -- and the agency is accepting public comment on the best ways to allow such endeavors to move forward.
Six applications have been made for projects in the Kemmerer area, two near Rock Springs and one near Lander.
Public comment on the environmental study will be accepted through December 19th with a draft environmental impact statement due by August 2004.
A final environmental impact statement is to be published in June 2005.