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Date:  August 28, 2008
Contacts: Mark Mackiewicz (435) 636-3616
                Tom Ring (406) 444-6785

Public Meetings Scheduled Regarding Proposed 
Electric Transmission Line

Three public meetings are scheduled in Montana regarding a proposal by NorthWestern Energy to build and operate a new 500 kV electric transmission line. 

Known as the Mountain States Transmission Intertie (MSTI) Project, the proposed line would be between 390-430 miles long, and would cross private, state and federally managed lands in southwestern Montana and southeastern Idaho.

The Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and Montana Department of Environmental Quality are preparing an environmental impact statement to analyze the proposal.

Public meetings will take place at the Copper King Hotel, 4655 Harrison Avenue in Butte Mont., on Sept. 9; Three Forks High School, 210 East Neal, Three Forks, Mont., on Sept. 10; and the Lewis & Clark Room of Matthews Hall at the University of Montana-Western, 710 S. Atlantic in Dillon, Mont., on Sept. 11. All meetings will be held between 7 and 9 p.m.

Public comments will be accepted until October 10, 2008, and can be submitted at the public meetings, via email (DEQMSTI@mt.gov and MT_MSTI@blm.gov) or by regular mail to: Mark A. Mackiewicz, National Project Manager, Bureau of Land Management, Price Field Office, 125 South 600 West, Price, Utah, 84501; or Greg Hallsten, EIS Coordinator, Director’s Office, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, PO Box 200901, Helena, Mont., 59620-0901.

Additional information about the MSTI project is available at http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/prog/lands_realty/projects.htm and http://deq.mt.gov/MFS/MSTI/MSTIindex.asp. Questions may be directed to Mark Mackiewicz at (435) 636-3616; or Tom Ring at (406) 444-6785.

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