BLM Continues Review of Searchlight Wind Project
The BLM later this month may release a preliminary environmental impact review for Duke Energy's proposed wind project near Searchlight, Nevada, according to Basin and Range Watch. The project's monstrous proportions would industrialize 38 square miles of desert landscapes with up to 140 wind turbines. Each turbine would be over 400 feet tall -- that is over 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. The turbines would pose a threat to hawks, eagles and other bird life in the area, and would require miles of new roads etched into the valleys and hillsides. You can find beautiful photos of the area, including wildlife and landscapes, at this website put up by Basin and Range Watch.
The amount of land that will be transformed by the project is difficult to fathom. The Google Earth image below shows an overlay of the proposed project footprint on Las Vegas. If the same project were built in Las Vegas, it would stretch from McCarran International Airport in the south to North Las Vegas, dwarfing the Las Vegas strip. If the wind project is built, the small town of Searchlight will have more structures over 400 feet high (a total of 140 wind turbines) than all of Las Vegas (which only has 42 buildings over 400 feet hight). It seems unfair that the citizens of Searchlight will have their landscape changed so dramatically by a single company's project.
BLM website for review and public comment.
|This graphic shows the height of the Statue of Liberty compared to a wind turbine that is roughly the same size as proposed for the Searchlight Wind project. Graphic from windfarmfactsutah.|
|Click on image to expand. Blue lines show the borders of the project. Red dots show locations of wind turbines.|
|A simple overhead shot of the wind project boundary super-imposed on the City of Las Vegas, Nevada.|
|(Click on image to expand.) The small town of Searchlight (upper left quadrant) would be surrounded by an industrial landscape.|