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High Desert District
Release Date: 02/25/11
Contacts: Serena Baker    

Open House Meetings Scheduled on Proposed Southern Wyoming Transmission Line

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Western Area Power Administration (Western) are holding open house meetings to seek public input prior to preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposed TransWest Express Transmission Line, which would cross portions of Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.

BLM and Western will be preparing an EIS evaluating potential impacts of constructing the TransWest Express 600-kilovolt (kV) direct current (DC) transmission line. These initial “scoping” meetings give the public an opportunity to review, provide comments on resources and issues they would like to see addressed, including route alternatives, and ask staff and proponents details on the proposal.

The meetings in Wyoming are scheduled at the locations below. Participants may stop by the open house meetings anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.:

March 8, 2011
Jeffrey Center
315 West Pine
Rawlins, WY 82301
March 9, 2011
Rock Springs High School
1375 James Drive
Rock Springs, WY 82901
March 10, 2011
LSRV Higher Education Center
360 Whippoorwill
Baggs, WY 82321

TransWest Express, LLC, proposes to construct the extra-high-voltage overhead transmission line from south-central Wyoming through northwestern Colorado and Utah terminating at the Marketplace Hub in southern Nevada – a distance of about 725 miles. The project would also include two AC/DC converter stations, a fiber optic network communications system, and two ground electrode facilities. The proposed line would transmit up to 3,000 megawatts of electricity generated primarily from planned renewable energy facilities in Wyoming to respond to anticipated load growth in the southwestern United States. Alternative routes would affect federal, state, and private lands.

Comments may be submitted during the open house meetings, via e-mail, or in writing to:

Bureau of Land Management
Attention: Sharon Knowlton, Project Manager
TransWest Express Project
P.O. Box 20678
Cheyenne, WY 82003

Facsimile comments will not be accepted. For further information or to have your name added to the mailing list, contact Ms. Knowlton at (307) 775-6124. Project information and documents will be available on the project Web site:

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.

High Desert District   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, WY 82901  

Last updated: 02-28-2011