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April 2, 2009

    Lorraine Keith 307-352-0399
    Bill Wadsworth 307-367-5341

BLM asks for Public Input on Proposed 230 kV Powerline

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale and Rock Springs Field Offices are seeking comments on the proposed Paradise Powerline Project in Sublette County.

Rocky Mountain Power has applied for right-of-way grants for a 230 kV transmission line, a 69 kV transmission line, and two 8-acre substations to be located north of Paradise Road and south of the Jonah Gas Field. If constructed, the project would complete a loop of high-voltage powerline between the Jonah Gas Field, the Paradise Road near the New Fork River, and the Big Piney Substation in Big Piney, Wyo. The project would serve growing industrial, commercial and residential electrical needs in the region.

An environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared to analyze the impacts of the proposed project. The public comment period on the EA runs from April 13 through May 12, 2009. Written comments can be submitted by mail: BLM Pinedale Field Office, PO Box 768, Pinedale, Wyoming 82941; Fax: 307-367-5329; or email: pinedale_wymail@blm.gov.

A printed copy or CD of the EA can be obtained at the Pinedale Field Office, 1625 West Pine Street in Pinedale, or the Rock Springs Field Office, 280 Hwy. 191 North in Rock Springs. The EA can also be viewed on-line at www.blm.gov/wy/en/infor/NEPA/pfodocs/paradise.html.

For more information, please contact Bill Wadsworth at 307-367-5341.

The BLM manages more land - 258 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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