June 1, 2022
Magic Valley Energy, an affiliate of New York-based LS Power, proposes to construct Idaho’s largest wind farm near the Minidoka National Historic Site. LS Power’s website states, “The Lava Ridge Wind Project will span across parts of Jerome, Lincoln and Minidoka County in Southern Idaho’s Magic Valley. Anticipated to be Idaho’s largest wind project, Lava Ridge Wind will generate an estimated 1,000 MW of wind energy and provide significant local economic benefits, including jobs and tax revenues.”
The project has drawn opposition from the Magic Valley Liberty Alliance, the Friends of Minidoka, the Tribes in Fort Hall, and the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, as well as the 1,300 individuals who are members of the Stop Lava Ridge Facebook group. Their specific concerns include site damage to Minidoka, loss of night sky areas, decreased livestock grazing and wildlife habitat, and damage to ancestral tribal lands, as well as general concerns about the overall cost of “clean” energy and increased reliance on foreign-sourced rare earth minerals. Magic Valley Liberty Alliance has a detailed article about the project on their website, here.
According to Stop Lava Ridge’s Facebook page, “The BLM has scheduled a site visit on Wednesday, June 15: the sign-up deadline is June 1. The field tour will begin and end at the BLM Twin Falls District Office, 2878 Addison Avenue, Twin Falls, Idaho, 83301 and will include stops at the Minidoka National Historic Site, Wilson Butte Cave, and Sid Butte. Members of the public are welcome to attend but must provide their own transportation and meals. Some travel on dirt roads will be required, so high clearance vehicles are strongly recommended. Individuals who plan to attend must RSVP by Wednesday, June 1, to Julie Clark, Acting Public Affairs Officer, BLM Twin Falls District, firstname.lastname@example.org or (707)616-8291.” For more information about Stop Lava Ridge’s concerns, click on the image below.
The Bureau of Land Management is also accepting public comments on the proposed project. Written comments may be sent to MJ Byrne at email@example.com. There is no deadline for written comments. Public comments will be heard from 4:45-5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, at the BLM’s Twin Falls District Office at 2878 Addison Ave. E in Twin Falls. Those wishing to comment should email firstname.lastname@example.org.