Public meeting set for BP cogen plant

Published on Thu, Sep 25, 2003
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Public meeting set for BP cogen plant

An open house and public comment meeting addressing the proposed BP Cherry Point cogeneration project has been scheduled for October 1 at the Blaine Performing Arts Center at 975 H Street in Blaine, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

BP West Coast Products, LLC (BP) submitted an application to the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC or Council) on June 10, 2002 to construct and operate the BP Cherry Point Cogeneration Project, a 720-megawatt natural gas-fired combustion turbine electrical cogeneration facility near Birch Bay. Associated with the project will be a 1,400-foot natural gas pipeline and an approximately one-mile electrical transmission line. To integrate the new power generation into the transmission grid, Bonneville Power Administration may need to re-build 4.7 miles of an existing 230-kV transmission line.

EFSEC and Bonneville are conducting an environmental review of the project and have issued a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for public comment under the Washington state environmental policy act (SEPA) and the national environmental policy act (NEPA) on September 5, 2003. The comment period for the DEIS ends on October 27, 2003.

For further information, contact Irina Makarow at 956-2047 or Tom McKinney at 503/230-4749.�The draft EIS, as well as project information and organization details are available online at www.efw.bpa.gov or www.efsec.wa.gov.�