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Lewistown Field Office
Release Date: 06/06/12
Contacts: Craig Flentie    
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BLM Releases Power Line EA for Review

Lewistown, MT----The Bureau of Land Management has released for public review an environmental assessment (EA) that analyzes replacing portions of an existing, aged underground power line with an overhead power line. 

A portion of the project area is in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (UMRBNM).

Hill County Electric Cooperative (HCEC) originally installed the line as an overhead line in the early 1950s.  In 1982, a severe blizzard destroyed the overhead line and HCEC requested converting the line to an underground line.  BLM approved the request and authorized the buried line in 1984.  The underground line is now 28 years old and is experiencing numerous faults and outages. 

HCEC is now requesting to replace the buried line with an overhead line as a means of providing members of the public with reliable power.  The line would cross about 1.45 miles of BLM-managed public land (of which just less than one mile is in the UMRBNM).

The EA is available for review at  or a hardcopy is available at the BLM’s Lewistown Field Office (920 NE Main Street).

Comments on the EA will be most useful if received by July 3, 2012.  Comments should be mailed to Bureau of Land Management, 920 NE Main, Lewistown, MT 59457, and Attention: Debbie Tucek.

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.

Lewistown Field Office   920 NE Main      Lewistown, Montana 59457  

Last updated: 06-28-2012