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Release Date: 10/30/12
Contacts: David Boyd, BLM Public Affairs Specialist (970) 876-9008    
  Derek Holscher, Xcel Senior Agent, Siting and Land Rights, (303) 571-7284    

New transmission line proposed between Rifle and Parachute BLM and Xcel Energy to host public open houses (10-30-12)

SILT, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management and Xcel Energy are hosting public open house meetings Nov. 7 and 8 to provide information about a new 230kV transmission line proposed between Rifle and Parachute.

The transmission line would connect the Rifle Ute Substation, which is about 1.5 miles southeast of Rifle, with the Parachute Substation, which is about 1 mile northeast of Parachute. The estimated length of the route is 18 miles, of which approximately six miles could cross BLM lands. The routes being considered generally follow designated corridors with existing facilities. The permanent right-of-way requested averages 150-feet wide.

The new transmission line is needed because the current transmission system in the area does not have the capacity to meet the needs of anticipated oil and gas production and exploration. As more oil and gas operations, such as compressor stations, move to electric power to reduce cost and air emissions, demand for electricity is increasing in the area. The new transmission line will also help ensure reliable electric power to central Garfield County communities. 

The public is invited to stop by either of the two open houses anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to learn more about the proposal and have their questions answered. Written comments will be accepted at the open houses as well. The first open house will be Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Rifle Public Library, 207 East Avenue. The second will be Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Grand Valley Fire Protection District Station #1, 0124 Stone Quarry Road in Parachute.

BLM will be preparing an environmental analysis of the proposal. Before it completes the assessment, BLM wants to hear any specific issues, concerns and comments the public has about this proposal. The detailed proposal, including maps, is available at

Written comments and questions should be directed to the Colorado River Valley Field Office at 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO, 81652, or e-mailed to Comments will be most helpful if received by Nov. 30, 2012.

More information is available from Xcel at

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

  2300 River Frontage Road      Silt, CO 81652  

Last updated: 10-30-2012