Electric Power Lines

Cloudy blue sky with mountains in the background of men installing a powerline with two white pick-up trucks along with a utility truck installing a distribution power line with another Christmas tree power line to the right.

The BLM administers nearly 17,000 ROWs for electric transmission and distribution lines across public lands in the 11 Western states and Alaska. From small, local lines to long-distance, multi-state corridors that accommodate high-voltage transmission lines, ROWs on BLM-administered public lands are crucial to a reliable, resilient infrastructure

In 2018 Congress amended the Federal Land Management Policy Act (FLPMA) to add specific agency requirements to reduce the risk of fire from and to power lines. Executive Order 13855 and Secretarial Order 3372 also guide the BLM's administration of power line ROWs. 


The BLM is proposing to amend its regulations for granting ROWs for communications sites, the cost recovery schedule, and fire prevention plans and agreements for ROWs and power transmission and distribution facilities. View the proposed rules and submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. In the Search box at this URL, enter "RIN 1004-AE60" and click 'Search,' then follow the instructions. 

You may also submit written comments by mail, personal or messenger delivery: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Director (HQ-630), Bureau of Land Management, Rm. 5646, 1849 C St. NW, Washington DC 20240; Attn. Regulatory Affairs: 1004-AE60