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BLM Announces Public Meetings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for SunZia Southwest Transmission Project
Release Date: 06/08/12
Contacts: Adrian Garcia , 505.954.2199  

BLM Announces Public Meetings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for SunZia Southwest Transmission Project (06/07/12)

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is soliciting public input on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Resource Management Plan Amendments (Draft EIS) for the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project during the 90-day public comment period, which ends August 22, 2012.

The BLM is holding public meetings in 10 locations in Arizona and New Mexico to provide information and receive public input on the Draft EIS. The BLM has identified a preferred alternative based on preliminary review. “The upcoming public meetings will give the public an opportunity to interact with BLM resource specialists and provide input on the agency’s alternatives, including the preferred alternative,” said Bill Merhege, BLM’s Deputy State Director for Lands and Resources.

The meetings will be in an open house format from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, and will include a brief presentation at 6:00 pm.  The meetings will be held in the following locations:

New Mexico Communities                Date                                        Meeting Locations


Corona                                                June 26, 2012                          Corona High School

                                                                                                            250 Franklin Street


Socorro                                               June 27, 2012                          New Mexico Institute of

                                                                                                            Mining and Technology

                                                                                                            Fidal Center Ballroom

                                                                                                            801 Leroy Place


Truth or Consequences                        June 28, 2012                          Sierra County Events Center

                                                                                                           2953 South Broadway Street


Deming                                                July 9, 2012                             Mimbres Valley Special Events                                                                                                                                 Center, 2300 East Pine Street


Lordsburg                                           July 10, 2012                            Dugan-Tarango Middle School                                                                                                                                 1352 Hardin Street


Arizona Communities                       Date                                        Meeting Locations



Safford                                                July 11, 2012                           Safford High School

                                                                                                           1400 W. Bulldog Boulevard

                                                                                                           (14th Avenue and 10th Street)


Benson                                               July 12, 2012                           Benson School

                                                                                                          360 S. Patagonia Street


Tucson                                               July 17, 2012                           Palo Verde Magnet School

                                                                                                         1302 S. Avenida Vega


San Manuel                                        July18, 2012                            San Manuel High School

                                                                                                          711 South McNab Parkway


Eloy                                                   July 19, 2012                           Eloy Junior High School
                                                                                                         404 East Phoenix Avenue

The Draft EIS, and other project information is available at the BLM project website at or by contacting BLM Project Lead Adrian Garcia at (505) 954-2199.

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.

Last updated: 01-08-2013