About the Lava Ridge Wind Farm
Minidoka National Historic Site’s historic, natural, and cultural resources are currently being threatened. Magic Valley Energy has proposed the Lava Ridge Wind Project, a 400-unit wind turbine field on 73,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property adjacent to Minidoka, 25 miles northeast of Twin Falls, Idaho. If built, it will be one of the largest in the U.S. Several turbines are slated to be installed on the historic footprint of the camp, and almost all are completely visible from the WWII Japanese American incarceration site in Southern Idaho.
The proposed project includes up to 400 wind energy generating turbines, up to seven new substations, approximately 198 miles of 34.5 kilovolt (kV) collector lines, 34 miles of 230 kV transmission lines, 18 miles of 500 kV transmission lines, 381 miles of access roads, 47 miles of temporary crane walk paths, a battery energy storage system, three operations and maintenance facilities, five permanent met towers, and construction-related staging yards. Engineering is preliminary, but the turbines may have a maximum height (including the rotor) of up to 740 feet.View project map.
Read the full project plan of development, guidance on submitting public comment, the full timeline and planning process, and other BLM documents here: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2013782/540
Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), an EIS is prepared for major federal actions that may have a significant effect on the environment. The purpose of an EIS is to identify potential issues related to the project, analyze the project impacts, disclose them to the public, and use the information developed to make informed decisions. The EIS is a public document, and the public is encouraged to provide input throughout the development of the EIS. The EIS is currently in the first stage, called public scoping, in which potential environmental issues, project modifications, and mitigation to be evaluated in the draft EIS are identified.
Lava Ridge Project Resources
Briefing Document by Dan Sakura
Read more from Dan Sakura as he and the Team explain the impact of the project:
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lava Ridge Information Sheet
Briefly explains the Lava Ridge Wind Project and the BLM process:
What is an Environmental Impact Statement?
Read the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s explanation here: https://www.epa.gov/nepa/national-environmental-policy-act-review-process
Resources About Minidoka
Mindoka Foundation Document
Details the National Historic Site:
Friends of Minidoka