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Release Date: 03/13/14
Contacts: Maureen Joe , 505-564-7671  
  Marcy Romero , 505-564-7600  

BLM Releases Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed San Juan Basin Energy Connect Project

-45 Day Public Comment Period Begins-

Farmington, NM–The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public input on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the San Juan Basin Energy Connect Project (Project) located in New Mexico and Colorado. A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register on March 14, 2014. Comments about the proposed Project will be accepted until April 28, 2014.

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (Tri-State), proposes to construct, operate, and maintain a new 230 kV overhead electric transmission line, two new substations, expanding an existing substation, and access roads. The proposed 65-mile transmission line would extend from the Shiprock Substation (near Waterflow, New Mexico), to Ignacio, Colorado. It would deliver electricity generated at existing facilities to meet increasing demand in the San Juan Basin and would improve reliability of the transmission system. 

The Draft EIS provides a comprehensive analysis of potential environmental effects that could result from project development. Release of the Draft EIS follows an extensive public involvement process initiated by the BLM in 2009 to identify relevant issues and concerns. “The BLM has been working with its cooperating agencies to respond to the issues raised by the public,” said Maureen Joe, BLM’s Assistant Field Manager for Lands and Renewable Resources. “We feel the Draft EIS provides for a balanced approach to resolving these planning issues.”

The BLM will host one public meeting in New Mexico and one in Colorado during the 45-day public comment period. Specialists will be available at the meetings to provide information about the Draft EIS and to answer questions about the proposed Project. Dates, times and locations of these meetings are as follows:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sky Ute Casino
Event Center Room C
14324 U.S. Highway 172 N
Ignacio, CO 81137

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Farmington Civic Center
Exhibition Hall 1
200 W. Arrington Street
Farmington, NM 87401

The Draft EIS, and other information about the Project, is available on the website at or by contacting the BLM Project Manager Marcy Romero

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: 03-14-2014