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Notice of a Workshop to Discuss Energy Commission
Staff Data Requests for the
Elk Hills Power Project Application for Certification
Docket Number 99-AFC-1

Elk Hills Power, LLC, a subsidiary of Occidental of Elk Hills, is proposing to construct and operate a nominally rated 500 megawatt (MW), natural gas-fired, combined cycle electric generating power plant in Kern County. The plant is proposed to be built approximately 25 miles west of the city of Bakersfield in the Elk Hills region. The project will require construction of a 2,500-foot natural gas pipeline, a 9-mile 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line that will interconnect with Pacific Gas and ElectricÕs (PG&E) transmission system at either a new substation near Tupman, California, or at PG&EÕs Midway Substation at Buttonwillow, a 10-mile water line connected to the West Kern Water District pumping station adjacent to Highway 119 and Tupman Road, and a 4-mile wastewater pipeline to new deep injection wells south of the project site on Occidental property.

The Energy Commission staff has begun its evaluation of the project and has prepared data requests to obtain additional information from Elk Hills Power, LLC. StaffÕs data requests are scheduled to be filed on August 24, 1999. Staff expects to make data requests in the areas of biological resources, traffic and transportation, cultural resources, water resources and transmission system engineering. The purpose of the data request portion of the workshop is to discuss and explain the data requests and to provide Elk Hills Power, LLC, agencies and the public an opportunity to ask clarifying questions. The workshop will be held:

TUESDAY, August 31, 1999
10 a.m. to Noon
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, Room 115
(Located on the 1st floor, past the Library)
Sacramento, CA

The location of the meeting is wheelchair accessible. If you require special accommodations, contact Robert Sifuentes at (916) 654-5004, at least five days prior to the workshop. Persons wanting information on how to participate in the CommissionÕs review of the project should contact Roberta Mendonca, the CommissionÕs Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at PAO@energy.state.ca.us. Technical or project schedule questions should be directed to Marc Pryor, Siting Project Manager, in the Energy Facilities Siting and Environmental Protection Division, at (916) 653-0159, or e-mail at mpryor@energy.state.ca.us. The status of the project and a copy of the staffÕs comments on the Preliminary Determination of Compliance are available on the Energy CommissionÕs Internet webpage at www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/elkhills. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Executive Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.

DATE ON LINE: August 23, 1999

David A. Rohy, Ph.D.
Vice Chair and Presiding Member

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