The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming State Office and the Western Area Power Administration (Western) are hosting a series of 13 public meetings/hearings to provide information and to gather public input on the TransWest Express Transmission Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
Each meeting will provide information displays about the EIS process and schedule, project location maps, impacts to resources and potential land use plan amendments. BLM and Western managers and resource specialists will be available at the meetings to answer questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to have their verbal comments transcribed by a court reporter for the public record. The public has until Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 to review and comment on the DEIS.
The BLM and Western are co-lead federal agencies for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for this project, and are working with cooperating agencies in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. Members of the public, government agencies, and Tribes are encouraged to comment on the Draft EIS during the 90-day public comment period.
The following shows the dates and locations for the meetings. All meetings will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
TransWest Express DEIS Public Meeting/Hearing Schedule
Wed, Aug 14
Jeffrey Center, 315 West Pine St.
Thurs, Aug 15
Valley Community Center, 255 West Osborne
Fri, Aug 16
Colorado NW Community College, 2801 West 9th St.
Tues, Aug 20
Juab County Courthouse, Cultural Hall, 160 North Main
Wed, Aug 21
Millard School District Office, 285 East 450 North
Mon, Aug 26
Ft. Duchesne, UT
Tribal Auditorium, 988 South 7500 East
Tues, Aug 27
Western Park Convention Center, 302 East 200 South
Wed, Aug 28
Duchesne High School, 155 W. Main St.
Thurs, Aug 29
Carbon County Event Center, 310 S. Fairgrounds Rd.
Tues, Sept 3
Heritage Park Senior Facility, 300 S. Racetrack Rd.
Wed, Sept 4
Neldon C. Matthews Auditorium, 1028 Edwards St.
Thurs, Sept 5
Cedar City, UT
Cedar City Middle School, 2215 Royal Hunte Dr.
Fri, Sept 6
St. George, UT
Dixie State University, Zion Room, 225 South 700 East
TransWest Express, LLC and Western propose to construct, own, and operate the TransWest Express Transmission Project which would result in construction of approximately 725 miles of extra-high voltage (EHV), direct current (DC) transmission lines extending from south-central Wyoming to southern Nevada. The project is intended to provide the transmission infrastructure and capacity necessary to deliver up to approximately 3,000 megawatts of electric power from renewable energy resources in south-central Wyoming to markets in the Desert Southwest.
The Draft EIS is available for downloading from the BLM’s project website at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/hdd/transwest.html and Western’s project website at: http://go.usa.gov/YCeC.
Comments may be submitted to the BLM and Western during the public meetings, by email: TransWest_WYMail@blm.gov, or by mail to: TransWest Express Project, Bureau of Land Management, P.O. Box 20678, Cheyenne, WY 82003
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.