The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has initiated the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental consequences of the Tejon Indian Tribe‘s application for a proposed 306-acre fee-to-trust transfer and gaming facility project in unincorporated Kern County, immediately west of the town of Mettler and approximately 14 miles south of the City of Bakersfield. The property is comprised of four parcels, Assessor’s Parcel Numbers (APN’s) 238-204-02, 238-204-04, 238-204-07 and 238-204-14. For the purpose of the EIS, the BIA will serve as the Lead Agency for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The BIA issued a Notice of Intent on August 13, 2015 which opened public scoping to identify potential issues, concerns, and alternatives to be considered in the EIS. You may mail or hand-deliver written comments to Amy Dutschke, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Region, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California 95825. Please include your name, return address, and “NOI Comments, Tejon Indian Tribe Project” on the first page of your written comments. To ensure consideration during the development of the EIS, written comments on the scope of the EIS should be sent as soon as possible and no later than Monday, September 14, 2015.
A public scoping meeting was held on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at the East Bakersfield Veteran’s Building at 2101 Ridge Road, Bakersfield, California 93305. The following information was provided at the Scoping Meeting: