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Release Date: 05/29/09
Contacts: Adrian Garcia , 505.438.7424  
  Donna Hummel , 505.438.7422  

BLM Seeks Public Input on Proposed SunZia Southwest Transmission Project

- Nine Public Scoping Meetings to be Held in New Mexico and Arizona -

Santa Fe, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management is asking the public to help identify issues involved in a proposal to construct a high-voltage 500 kilovolt (kV) power transmission line (or two parallel lines) across southern New Mexico and Arizona. 

The BLM has initiated a public scoping process to gather information about the proposal and will oversee the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will identify environ-mental impacts and evaluate alternatives for the project, proposed by SunZia Transmission, LLC. 

A formal announcement opening the scoping process and a 45-day public comment period was published in the Federal Register on May 29, 2009.  The BLM will host nine open-house meetings in New Mexico and Arizona along the proposed transmission line study corridor to provide the public an opportunity to review the proposal and project information before submitting comments and resource information to the agency.

The final agency decision for the proposed route, which would involve decisions on federal Right-of-Way designations, will only affect public lands administered by the BLM.
The BLM is the lead federal agency for the process. Cooperating agencies will be invited to participate, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the New Mexico State Land Office and the Arizona State Land Department.  Other state agencies and local governments will be invited to participate and consultation will occur with tribal governments.

SunZia’s proposed transmission line route would be about 460 miles in length and originate at a new substation site in either Socorro or Lincoln Counties, New Mexico; it would terminate in Pinal County , Arizona.  The proposed line - or parallel lines – would be located on federal, state and private lines.  The purpose of the project would be to transport electricity, generated primarily from renewable resources, to western power markets and load centers.
“Scoping meetings will provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the project, share comments and concerns, and identify issues and alternatives to be considered during the EIS process,” said Linda Rundell, BLM- New Mexico State Director.  BLM staff and SunZia employees will be available at the meetings to explain project details and gather information from interested individuals or groups, Rundell added.

Open-house scoping meetings will be held in the following communities.  All meetings will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Arizona CommunitiesDateMeeting Locations
Eloy    June 22, 2009  Santa Cruz Valley Union High School
Cafeteria, 900 North Main Street
Oracle    June 23, 2009  Oracle Community Center
685 American Avenue
Safford    June 24, 2009  Manor House Convention Center
415 East Highway 70
Willcox   June 29, 2009  Valley Telephone Company 
Conference Room, 752 East Maley
New Mexico Communities  
Lordsburg   June 30, 2009  Special Events Center  
504 2nd Street
Deming   July 1, 2009  Mimbres Valley Special Events Center
2300 East Pine Street
Socorro    July 7, 2009  NM Institute of Mining & Technology
Fidel Center Atrium, 801 Leroy Place
Carrizozo   July 8, 2009  Carrizozo Municipal Schools
800 D Avenue                
Elephant Butte  July 9, 2009 Elephant Butte Inn, Banquet Room
401 Highway195

In addition to comments given at each meeting, comments can also be made to the BLM via the BLM Project Website at via the project email address at or in writing to the Bureau of Land Management, SunZia Transmission Line Project, P.O Box 27115, Santa Fe, NM 87502-0115.  Deliveries will be accepted via courier/hand delivery to the Bureau of Land Management, SunZia Transmission Line Project, 1474 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505.

To be added to the mailing list or if you have questions contact BLM Project Manager Adrian Garcia at (505) 438-7424.  


Last updated: 01-08-2013