Comment Sought at Pair of Meetings
by Carrie Chicken
The Snake River Wind Energy Project would cover about 95,000 acres in Columbia and Garfield counties.
POMEROY -- Public comment regarding the Lower Snake River Wind Energy Project will be taking during open house meetings Wednesday and Thursday. Comments received during the open house meetings will be used to guide the scope of an environmental impact statement for the wind energy project.
The wind energy project is proposed to cover approximately 94,900 acres in Garfield and Columbia Counties. The size of the project is an output of 1,250 megawatts, with 632 of those megawatts produced in Columbia County.
Applicants for the conditional use permit for the project in Garfield County is RES America Developments Inc., acting as Blue Sky LLC, and Puget Sound Energy Inc.
No applications have been filed in Columbia County.
The meeting Wednesday is at the Pomeroy high School, and the Thursday meeting is at the Seneca Building in Dayton.
Both meetings are from 5 to 8 p.m.
The 1,250-megawatt wind energy project is proposed to cover about 94,900 acres in Garfield and Columbia counties. The project includes four wind resource areas. The Tucannon section is entirely in Columbia County, and lies south of the Tucannon River, and straddles U.S. Highway 12 north of Delaney Junction.
Oliphant Ridge lies in Columbia and Garfield Counties, south of U.S. Highway 12 from Delaney Junction running in and eastward direction.
Kuhl Ridge and Dutch Flat are in Garfield County. Kuhl Ridge lies east of the Columbia County line, and north of U.S. 12 to the outskirts of Pomeroy. Dutch Flat is the smallest section, and lies south of Pomeroy.
Complete legal notices are available in the current issues of the Dayton Chronicle and Pomeroy East Washingtonian.
The submitted conditional use permit application and supporting materials are available at the Garfield County Public Works Department, 300 19th St., Pomeroy Monday through Thursday between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Public comments must be submitted in writing to Garfield County Engineer, Walter "Grant" Morgan at the public works department by 5 p.m. March 20.
Wind Resource Areas
Turbine numbers are approximate
Oliphant Ridge, 139 turbines, Garfield County; 65 turbines, Columbia County. Total: 204
Kuhl Ridge, 222 turbines, Garfield County.
Dutch Flat, 83 turbines, Garfield County.
Tucannon, 286 turbines, Columbia County.
Total turbines: 795
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