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Release Date: 03/20/14
Contacts: Heather Feeney, (208) 373-4014 (media); Marsha Buchanan, (208) 384-3364 (meeting arrangements)    

Subcommittee advising BLM on proposed Gateway West powerline revises agenda for next public meeting

Boise, IDAHO – The subcommittee of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Boise District Resource Advisory Council (RAC) that is evaluating options for siting two segments of the proposed Gateway West power transmission line has revised the agenda for its public meeting on Thursday, March 27, 2014. When originally announced, the meeting was to have followed the same agenda as the others in the series, which began on December 5, 2013. 
The meeting will convene at 9 a.m. at the BLM Boise District Office, 3948 Development Avenue, Boise, ID 83705 as previously announced, for the purpose of reviewing GIS data related to discussion at the subcommittee’s March 18th meeting, and to take public comment and questions. The meeting will adjourn after these items are completed, earlier than the previously announced time of 3 p.m.
 The change in format for this meeting only will allow subcommittee members to accept an invitation from the Idaho Office of Energy Resources to tour some areas being evaluated as possible locations for segments 8 and 9 of the proposed Gateway West project.
The subcommittee will return to the normal format for its next meeting on April 2, 2014. For more information about the arrangements for any subcommittee meetings, contact Marsha Buchanan, Boise District RAC coordinator, at 208-384-3364.
The subcommittee advises the Boise District RAC on matters of planning for segments 8 and 9 of the Gateway West project and began a series of public meetings last December to explore possible locations for the proposed powerline on BLM-managed lands in southwestern Idaho. The Boise RAC is a 15-member advisory panel which provides advice and recommendations to the BLM on resource and land management issues for approximately four million acres of federal public lands within ten counties in southwestern Idaho.

 Gateway West is a joint project proposed by Idaho Power Co. and Rocky Mountain Power and includes constructing and operating 230 and 500 kilovolt (kV) transmission lines across southern Wyoming and Idaho. Segments 1 through 7 and 10 were approved in a Record of Decision published on November 14, 2013, but the BLM deferred a decision for Segments 8 and 9 to allow time for additional stakeholder outreach and public engagement in exploring options for siting these two segments. 

Neither the subcommittee nor the full RAC will make any decisions on siting segments 8 and 9. Rather, the subcommittee is evaluating possible routes on public lands and providing options for the BLM to consider prior to beginning required additional environmental review of the remaining portions of the project. Public comments and input offered during each subcommittee meeting are most welcome and support the fullest possible evaluation of options. 

Information about the Gateway West project in Idaho is available online at .   Details about the subcommittee’s work are available at . 

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 mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 03-21-2014