U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wyoming State Office
|Release Date: 10/18/11|
BLM comment period on proposed transmission line project
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reminds the public to submit comments on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Gateway West Transmission Line Project in Wyoming and Idaho by Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.
Public input is important to the BLM to help identify any additional concerns to be addressed in the final EIS. All comments that are postmarked by Oct. 28, 2011 will be incorporated into the final EIS that will be used to make a final decision on the proposal.
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 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,” said Walter George, Gateway West project manager for the BLM.
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 are also available at public libraries in project-area communities. CD copies of the DEIS may be requested on the project Web site at: www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/cfodocs/gateway_west or by calling 1-800-380-5828.
Comments may also be made to the BLM via the project web site: 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 Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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|Last updated: 10-18-2011|
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