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Lava Ridge Wind Project II - the DEIS with Idaho Conservation League’s John Robison

Jessa talks with Idaho Conservation League’s Public Lands Director, John Robison, to gain a better understanding of the Environmental Impact Statement process conducted by the Bureau of Land Management, and hear the ICL’s take on the Lava Ridge DEIS.

The Lava Ridge Wind Project is a proposed wind farm in Magic Valley, Idaho, near the Minidoka Internment Camp historical site. The proposed project would support the largest wind farm in the country. While there are definitely pros to a wind energy farm for Idaho, an energy-importing state that relies heavily on dirty energy (coal, fossil fuels…), there are also objections. Wind turbines can cause harm to airborne species. Specifically to Lava Ridge, the expanse of the project could disrespect the Minidoka historic site, whose desolate landscape is crucial for visitors to garner some awareness of what the camp used to be.

In the series’ second installment, John Robison walks us through what can be found in any environmental impact statement produced by the BLM, including effects to wildlife and climate as well as proposed alternatives to the original project. Then, John talks about the Lava Ridge DEIS (linked below!) specifically, and how the huge wind farm could have both good and bad effects on Idaho.

Further resources! 

Portneuf Resource Council’s new website:

Bureau of Land Management’s information on Lava Ridge (inducing the DEIS!):

A link directly to the PDF with the DEIS and the executive summary of the DEIS:

Idaho Conservation League discusses the pros and cons of Lava Ridge:

“Clean Energy in Idaho: The Need, the Opportunity, and Where Wind Fits In.” Another ICL blog unpacking the project:

Click here to see more blogs written by the ICL concerning Lava Ridge:

Idaho Energy Freedom’s article about the Lava Ridge EIS. Although the commenting period is closed, it is still important to understand what’s happening on our public lands:

“What is Lava Ridge and Why is It Important?” An article written by the Friends of Minidoka:

Read about some of the arguments against Lava Ridge at Stop Lava Ridge Project:

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Jessa is in her final year of her undergraduate career, pursuing three majors: English with Creative Writing, History, and Global Studies with an emphasis in French Language and Literature. She is a published author through ISU's Black Rock & Sage literary magazine and hopes to join the Sustainability Club at ISU. Her sustainability journey began with her year abroad when she interned for Letters to the Earth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability. She hopes to work for Amnesty International until she can write books in the mountains full time.