Monday, August 8, 2011

Public can now comment on 500,000-volt transmission line

A draft environmental impact statement analyzing a proposed electric transmission line between Wyoming and Idaho has been released by the Bureau of Land Management for public review and comment. The public has until Oct. 28 to review and comment on the draft EIS.
This project is jointly proposed by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power and would result in construction of nearly 1,100 miles of high voltage transmission lines across southern Wyoming and southern Idaho. The project proponents have applied to the BLM and U.S. Forest Service for right of way grants to construct, operate and maintain transmission lines from the proposed Windstar substation near Glenrock, Wyo., to the proposed Hemingway substation near Melba.
Construction of Gateway West would add 3,000 megawatts of transmission capacity. The transmission line will serve present and future needs of customers, enhance electric system reliability and transmit electricity generated from new and existing resources, including wind.
The BLM is the lead federal agency for the National Environmental Policy Act process for this project, and is working with cooperating agencies including the USFS; National Park Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Bureau of Indian Affairs; states of Idaho and Wyoming, including the Idaho Army National Guard; Cassia, Power, and Twin Falls counties in Idaho; Carbon, Lincoln, and Sweetwater counties in Wyoming; the Saratoga-Encampment-Riverside and Medicine Bow conservation districts in Wyoming; and the City of Kuna.

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