BLM to host public meetings and seek public comment on environmental impacts of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project

Proposed project could transport up to 4,500 megawatts of energy from New Mexico to markets in Arizona and California

SANTA FE, N.M. The Bureau of Land Management has opened a 90-day public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement prepared to analyze the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed SunZia Southwest Transmission Project. The comment period began on April 29, 2022, and ends on Aug. 1, 2022. The BLM has also scheduled three virtual public meetings.

“We are pleased to give the public an opportunity to provide their input on this project and attend the virtual public meetings to learn about the project,” said BLM New Mexico State Director Melanie Barnes

The virtual public meetings are scheduled to occur on the dates and times below:

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2022, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. MDT
  • Tuesday, June 28, 2022, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. MDT
  • Wednesday, June 29, 2022, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. MDT

To register for the public meetings, which will be held via the Zoom virtual platform, visit

Formal comments will not be accepted at the public meetings. In order for comments to be considered for inclusion in the Final Environmental Impact Statement, the BLM must receive them by August 1, 2022. Comments can be provided in the following ways:

  • Submit a verbal comment via the hotline by calling 1-888-959-2510
  • Submit your comments electronically via the ePlanning site:
  • Mail your comments to BLM New Mexico State Office at the below address
    Attention: SunZia Southwest Transmission Project
    301 Dinosaur Trail
    Santa Fe, NM  87508

Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the BLM New Mexico State Office and BLM Arizona State Office.

For further information, contact Adrian Garcia, BLM New Mexico State Office, 301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508; phone 505-954-2199.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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