June 16, 2008
Walter George, Project Manager, Bureau of Land Management, 307-775-6116
Roger Alexander, Office of Communications, BLM Wyoming, 307-775-6047
BLM Seeks Public Input on Proposed Transmission Line Project
in Idaho and Wyoming
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to seek public comment on the proposed Gateway West Transmission Line Project in Wyoming and Idaho.
This project, proposed by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power, would result in the construction of nearly 1,000 miles of high voltage transmission lines across southern Wyoming and southern Idaho. Public input is important to the BLM to inform further analysis of project effects to the natural and built environments and in preparation of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS). The public comment period for the scoping process closes on July 3, 2008.
“We have just completed nine public scoping meetings for the preparation of the draft EIS in Idaho and Wyoming and I encourage the public to continue to submit comments on this proposed project,” said Walter George, Gateway West Project Manager for the BLM. “Public input is crucial to the draft EIS, which will examine project alternatives and potential project effects,” explained George. Public scoping meetings were held in Idaho and Wyoming June 3 through 12, 2008 to provide an opportunity to learn about the project and discuss project details with BLM staff and project proponents.
In addition, materials from the public scoping meetings are available on the BLM project web site, noted below. The public is encouraged to continue to comment on the project, as well as sign-up on the project mailing list in the following ways:
The BLM Wyoming State Office, U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Caribou-Targhee and Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests will prepare the draft EIS following the conclusion of the public scoping period. The draft EIS will be published in spring 2009. Public hearings and a 60-day public comment period will follow the release of the document.
Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power have applied to the BLM and USFS for right-of-way grants to construct, operate and maintain high voltage transmission lines from the proposed Windstar substation near Glenrock, Wyo., to the proposed Hemingway substation near Melba, Idaho, approximately 20 miles southwest of Boise, Idaho.
While the BLM is the lead federal agency for this project, it is working with cooperating agencies identified at this time as the USFS, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, State of Wyoming, Twin Falls and Power Counties, Idaho, Lincoln and Sweetwater Counties, Wyo. The notice of intent to prepare the EIS was published in the Federal Register on May 16, 2008, which kicked off a 45-day public scoping period that concludes on July 3, 2008.
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