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Boise District
Release Date: 06/06/14
Contacts: Heather Feeney , (208) 373-4014 ,

Advisory council reports on options for siting power line segments

Information presented by Boise Resource Advisory Council will assist BLM in analyzing Gateway West project 

BOISE, Idaho – The Boise District Resource Advisory Council (RAC) has forwarded to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) advisory reports on route options and a proposal for mitigating and enhancing resources associated with the proposed Gateway West transmission line project.     

“We are grateful to the members of the RAC subcommittee for their work on this important issue,” said BLM Boise district manager Jim Fincher. “We will consider the RAC’s reports as we re-initiate the process to analyze proposed options offered for segments 8 and 9.”  

Fincher said a key consideration will be determining the best approaches with regard to the unique Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area and how best to comply with its designating language. “We have not yet made any decisions, and we continue to evaluate all options,” he said.   

Together with information gathered from the public and the project proponents, public comment on the RAC reports will be used to inform whether environmental impact analysis will take the form of an environmental assessment (EA) or supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS).  

Gateway West is a joint project proposed by Idaho Power Co. and Rocky Mountain Power to construct and operate 230 and 500 kilovolt (kV) transmission lines across southern Wyoming and Idaho.  The nearly 1,000-mile long transmission line will originate near Glenrock, Wyoming, and is planned to terminate at the Hemingway substation near Melba, Idaho.   

More information about the subcommittee’s work is online at  The project email is  The BLM Gateway West project website is  

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Last updated: 06-06-2014