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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wyoming State Office
 
Release Date: 07/22/10
Contacts: Walt George, BLM Project Manager, 307-775-6116    
  Beverly Gorny, BLM Wyoming, 307-775-6158    

BLM Announces Schedule Change for Release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Gateway West Transmission Line Project Transmission Line Project


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Gateway West Transmission Line Project will be released during the last quarter of this year.

The draft EIS was originally scheduled to be released in the summer of 2010. BLM delayed release of the document in order to address comments received during the internal administrative review process as well as to clarify management objectives related to sage grouse, visual and other public resources.

Walt George, BLM Project Manager, stated "We continue to work to ensure that the draft EIS addresses the key issues throughout the project area and want to ensure adequate time to prepare this important document." George continued, "Once the draft EIS is released, the BLM will host a 90-day comment period and public hearings to formally gather comments. The BLM encourages the public’s continued participation in this project."

The BLM is the lead federal agency for the National Environmental Policy Act process for this project, and is working with cooperating agencies including the USDA Forest Service; National Park Service; US Fish and Wildlife Service; US Army Corps of Engineers; Bureau of Indian Affairs; States of Idaho and Wyoming; Cassia, Power, and Twin Falls Counties in Idaho; Carbon, Lincoln, and Sweetwater Counties in Wyoming; the Saratoga, Encampment, Riverside and Medicine Bow Conservation Districts in Wyoming; and the City of Kuna, Idaho.

This project is jointly proposed by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power, and would result in construction of nearly 1,150 miles of high voltage transmission lines across southern Wyoming and southern Idaho. The project proponents have applied to the BLM and USFS for right of way grants to construct, operate and maintain transmission lines from the proposed Windstar substation near Glenrock, Wyoming to the proposed Hemingway substation near Melba, Idaho, approximately 20 miles southwest of Boise.

To view the proposed and alternate routes that are being analyzed in the draft EIS, visit the interactive map on the BLM’s website detailing these routes: www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/cfodocs/gateway_west.



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 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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