U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
New Mexico State Office
|Release Date: 05/29/09|
BLM Seeks Public Input on Proposed SunZia Southwest Transmission Project
- Nine Public Scoping Meetings to be Held in New Mexico and Arizona -
Santa Fe, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management is asking the public to help identify issues involved in a proposal to construct a high-voltage 500 kilovolt (kV) power transmission line (or two parallel lines) across southern New Mexico and Arizona.
The BLM has initiated a public scoping process to gather information about the proposal and will oversee the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will identify environ-mental impacts and evaluate alternatives for the project, proposed by SunZia Transmission, LLC.
A formal announcement opening the scoping process and a 45-day public comment period was published in the Federal Register on May 29, 2009. The BLM will host nine open-house meetings in New Mexico and Arizona along the proposed transmission line study corridor to provide the public an opportunity to review the proposal and project information before submitting comments and resource information to the agency.
The final agency decision for the proposed route, which would involve decisions on federal Right-of-Way designations, will only affect public lands administered by the BLM.
SunZia’s proposed transmission line route would be about 460 miles in length and originate at a new substation site in either Socorro or Lincoln Counties, New Mexico; it would terminate in Pinal County , Arizona. The proposed line - or parallel lines – would be located on federal, state and private lines. The purpose of the project would be to transport electricity, generated primarily from renewable resources, to western power markets and load centers.
Open-house scoping meetings will be held in the following communities. All meetings will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In addition to comments given at each meeting, comments can also be made to the BLM via the BLM Project Website at http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/more/lands_realty.html via the project email address at NMSunZiaProject@blm.gov or in writing to the Bureau of Land Management, SunZia Transmission Line Project, P.O Box 27115, Santa Fe, NM 87502-0115. Deliveries will be accepted via courier/hand delivery to the Bureau of Land Management, SunZia Transmission Line Project, 1474 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505.
To be added to the mailing list or if you have questions contact BLM Project Manager Adrian Garcia at (505) 438-7424.
|Last updated: 01-08-2013|
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