Chokecherry-Sierra Madre Open Houses Scheduled

Power Company of Wyoming (PCW) has scheduled seven open houses to discuss its 1,000 wind turbine Chokecherry-Sierra Madre project, scheduled to be constructed over the next 3-5 years  on 2,000 acres of checkboard lands south of Rawlins. When fully constructed, the project is expected to generate 2,500 megawatts of energy. The Rawlins BLM Field Office authorized the project to proceed recently when they issued their final environmental impact statement. In early August, the White House ordered the project receive an expedited review.

The open houses will offer the public an opportunity to learn more about the project, to ask questions and to provide comments to PCW, a subsidiary of the Anschutz Corporation. In addition, the Rawlins and Saratoga open houses will include a free barbecue dinner.

Here is the schedule for the meetings:

  • Sept. 9, Baggs, Little Snake River Valley Community Center, 4-7PM
  • Sept. 10, Medicine Bow, Medicine Bow Community Hall, 10AM-2PM
  • Sept. 10, Laramie, Hilton Garden Inn, 4-7PM
  • Sept. 18, Rawlins, The Depot, 4:30-7:30PM
  • Sept. 19, Saratoga, Platte Valley Community Center, 4:30-7:30PM
  • Sept. 24, Rock Springs, Homewood Suites, 4-7PM
  • Sept. 25, Casper, Hilton Garden Inn, 4-7PM

We encourage everyone to take advantage of these opportunities to learn more and this very large and controversial project. As proposed, this project will permanently alter the skyline south of Rawlins for a considerable distance.

During the NEPA process, AHW raised numerous challenges to this project, questioning whether the adverse impacts to the historic and cultural resources of the Rawlins-Sinclair region have yet been sufficiently addressed. In addition, AHW is concerned about the significant impact this project will have on the area’s historic trails. We have also been actively involved with the Rawlins BLM, WY SHPO, the Advisory Council on Historic PreservationTRACKS Across WyomingOCTA and several other organizations in attempting to negotiate appropriate mitigation for this project under the National Historic Preservation Act. Those discussions, which have been on-going for more than a year, are scheduled to resume again this fall.