U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wyoming State Office
|Release Date: 06/29/12|
BLM Seeks Comments on Additional Information for Sage-Grouse Analysis
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comment on a report that provides additional information on the sage-grouse analysis for the proposed Gateway West Transmission Line Project. This report will provide new information regarding the sage-grouse habitat equivalency analysis (HEA) for the project which was not complete at the time the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) was released. Comments are requested by August 3.
The HEA serves as one part of the Framework for Sage-Grouse Analysis for Interstate Transmission Lines, developed by the BLM, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
The report is available for review online at www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/cfodocs/gateway_west.
The report is also available on CD and may be requested by:
CD versions have been mailed to individuals that submitted comments about sage-grouse in the DEIS.
The BLM will incorporate comments received on the DEIS and the sage-grouse analysis into the final EIS.
In February 2012, the BLM hosted public information meetings in Cheyenne and Boise to explain the history and development of the sage-grouse analysis in the Gateway West DEIS and to provide information regarding the preparation of the HEA. Over 100 people participated in both meetings.
The Gateway West Transmission Line Project is jointly proposed by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power, and would result in construction of nearly 1,100 miles of high voltage transmission lines across southern Wyoming and southern Idaho. The project proponents have applied to the BLM and U.S. Forest Service for right of way grants to construct, operate and maintain transmission lines from the proposed Windstar substation near Glenrock, Wyo. to the proposed Hemingway substation near Melba, Idaho, approximately 20 miles southwest of Boise.
For more information, contact Walt George at 307-775-6116, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: 07-05-2012|
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