U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wyoming State Office
|Release Date: 08/17/11|
BLM Encourages Public Input on Proposed
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to seek public comment on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for 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 1,100 miles of high voltage transmission lines across southern Wyoming and southern Idaho. One possible alternative route crosses portions of northern Nevada.
Public input is important to the BLM to help identify any additional concerns to be addressed in the final EIS. All comments must be postmarked by Oct. 28 and will be incorporated into the final EIS that will be used to make a decision on the proposal.
“I encourage the public to review the document and submit comments on this proposed project,” said Walter George, Gateway West project manager for the BLM. “Public input on the draft EIS is crucial in preparing the final EIS, which will examine project alternatives, potential project effects and make a recommendation on the final route alignment.”
Public information meetings will be held in Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada. All meetings will be held from 4 to 7p.m. except in Boise. That meeting will be held on Sept. 12 at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 S. Vista Ave. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To submit comments and to review the draft EIS and related documents, including detailed maps, visit the project website at: www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/cfodocs/gateway_west.
Copies of the DEIS are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the following locations:
Copies of the DEIS will also be delivered to public libraries in project-area communities. A limited number of copies of the document will be available as supplies last. CD copies of the DEIS can be requested on the project Web site at: www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/cfodocs/gateway_west or by calling 1-800-380-5828.
All comments must be postmarked by Oct. 28 and will be incorporated into the final EIS that will be used to make a decision on the proposal.
Comments can also be made to the BLM via the project Web site at: www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/cfodocs/gateway_west, via the project E-mail address (Gateway_West_WYMail@blm.gov) or in writing to Bureau of Land Management, Gateway West Project, P.O. Box 20879, Cheyenne, WY 82003. To be most useful, public comments should be received by (DATE - 90 days after NOA publication).
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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
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|Last updated: 08-18-2011|
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