U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wyoming State Office
|Release Date: 02/21/14|
Public Comment Sought on DEIS for the Energy Gateway South Transmission Project
A dozen ‘Open House’ meetings set for March & April
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming State Office and the National Forests in Utah seek public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 400-mile Energy Gateway South Transmission Project that would carry renewable and geothermal power from south-central Wyoming to central Utah. The public has until May 22, 2014, to review and comment on the draft EIS. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) published notices of availability of the document today. The EPA notice opened the 90-day comment period.
PacifiCorp, doing business as Rocky Mountain Power, is proposing to construct, maintain, and operate the Energy Gateway South Transmission Project that would result in construction of approximately 412 miles of 500-kilovolt, overhead, alternating-current transmission lines extending from south-central Wyoming to central Utah. When completed, the Project would transmit about 1,500 megawatts of electricity generated from facilities in Wyoming.
The BLM is the lead federal agency for the National Environmental Policy Act review process for this project, and is working with cooperating agencies in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah. Members of the public, government agencies, and Tribes are encouraged to provide comment on the Draft EIS during the 90-day public comment period. The USFS is a cooperating agency and will be deciding whether to issue a special use permit for the project. Comments received during this comment period will be used to determine standing for the USFS objection process (found in 36 CFR 218).
“The EIS provides the basis for informed decisions through a collaborative, inclusive process,” said Don Simpson, BLM Wyoming State Director and authorized officer for the project. “The public has a critical role in the project by reviewing project documents, attending public meetings, and providing comments.”
The BLM will host 12 public open house meetings in March and April to provide information about the project and accept public comments on the Draft EIS. Open house meetings will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the following dates and locations:
The Draft EIS is available for downloading on the BLM’s project website at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/hdd/gateway_south.html. Comments may be submitted to the BLM during the public meetings, by email: GatewaySouth_WYMail@blm.gov or by mail to: Energy Gateway South Project, Bureau of Land Management, P.O. Box 21150, Cheyenne, WY 82003.
Following the 90-day public comment period, the BLM will analyze the comments and prepare a final EIS, targeted for release in Winter/Spring 2015.
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 Americas 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: 02-28-2014|
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