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Release Date: 09/25/12
Contacts: Amanda Harrington, 435-636-3630    

BLM Announces Public Comment Period for Emery Telcom Ford Ridge Fiber Optic Line EA

Price, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Price Field Office announces that the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Emery Telcom Fiber Optic Line is available for public comment.  The 15-day public comment period begins on September 25 and ends on October 9, 2012. This EA analyzes the potential impacts of Emery Telcom’s proposal to install a fiber optic line across Federal lands in Carbon and Utah County, Utah.
Emery Telcom has submitted an application for a right-of-way (ROW) in order to install a fiber optic communication line for the purpose of providing services to the communication sites located on Ford Ridge in Carbon County, Utah.  Under the proposed action, Emery Telcom would construct and maintain a partially buried/partially aerial fiber optic communication line.  The total project would include the installation of 18.38 miles of fiber optic cable line, with 2.8 miles crossing federally managed lands.  All activities associated with construction, operation, and maintenance of the line would be within the authorized limits of the ROW. 

Additional information about this project is included in the EA available for public review and comment.  An electronic copy of the EA can be found on the BLM’s Environmental Notification Bulletin Board (ENBB) at or a hard copy can be obtained from the Price Field Office upon request.  Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response.  However, they will be considered in the BLM decision-making process.  The most useful comments are those that identify alternatives, identify issues relevant to the proposal, or contain new technical or scientific information.
Please reference the Emery Telcom Ford Ridge Fiber Optic Line EA when submitting comments.  Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.  BLM will not consider anonymous comments.  All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety. 
Please submit written comments to:
Bureau of Land Management
Price Field Office
Attn:  Amanda Harrington
125 South 600 West
Price, UT 84501
Phone: (435) 636-3630
Fax: (435) 636-3657
For further information, please contact Amanda Harrington, Realty Specialist, at (435) 636-3630.

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.

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Last updated: 09-25-2012