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Release Date: 04/11/14
Contacts: Mark Mackiewicz (BLM) 435-636-3616    
  Mark Wieringa (Western) 720-962-7448    

Comments Sought on Draft EIS for Southline Transmission Line Project

Las Cruces, NM – Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Western Area Power Administration (Western) released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Southline Transmission Line Project (Project).


Southline Transmission, LLC (Southline), proposes building a 360-mile line from near Las Cruces, New Mexico to Tucson, Arizona.  The line would cross BLM-managed public land, state land, and private property.  Southline indicates that the line would improve reliability of the electrical grid and help facilitate renewable energy markets in the region.

With the release of the Draft EIS, the BLM and Western are commencing a 90-day comment period.  The comment period will end on July 10, 2014.  Members of the public will have the opportunity to learn about and comment on the proposed Project at a series of public meetings in New Mexico and Arizona.


The public meetings will be held from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, May 6 - Ramada Las Cruces Hotel and Conference Center, 201 East University Avenue, Las Cruces, New Mexico  88005
  • Wednesday, May 7 - Mimbres Valley Special Events Center, 2300 East Pine Street, Deming, New Mexico  88030
  • Thursday, May 8 - Lordsburg Special Events Center, 502 West 2nd Street, Lordsburg, New Mexico  88045
  • Tuesday, May 20 - Benson Community Center, 705 West Union Street, Benson, Arizona  85602
  • Wednesday, May 21 - Willcox Community Center, 312 West Stewart Street, Willcox, Arizona  85643
  • Thursday, May 22 - El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 West Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona  85745

The Draft EIS and maps showing the proposed routes can be viewed at:  For more information, contact BLM National Project Manager Mark Mackiewicz at 435-636-3616 or

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: 04-11-2014