Comment period for Gateway West Transmission Line project continues

By The Aberdeen Times staff

The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

The comment period on the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the Gateway West Transmission Line in Wyomimg and Idaho continues through Friday, June 28. The Buireau of Land Management (BLM) encourages interested individuals to review and comment.

The Gateway West Transmission Line project, proposed by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power, would construct nearly 990 miles of high voltage transmission lines across southern Wyoming; and southern Idaho adding 3.000 megawatts (MW) of transmission capacity. The transmission lines would originate at the proposed Windstar substation near Glenrock, Wyo. and terminate at the Hemingway substation near Melba. Idaho, approximately 20 miles southwest of Boise.

The FEIS responds to comments received on the draft EIS and agency-preferred alternative by making clarifications and changing some segment routes. The FEIS also explains that the BLM is considering a phased decision for this project, which would allow for approval of certain segments of the project while providing an opportunity for various Federal, State and local permitting agencies to collaborate on final siting for one or more other segments.

Potential phased decisions could only occur for segments that have independent utility - those portions of the entire proposed line that could be built and put into service regardless of later decisions on other segments. If the BLM chooses to approve only a portion of the project in an initial decision, this would not preclude the agency's ability to choose the "No Action" alternative for the remainder of the project. It is expected that segments located in Wyoming will be reviewed first.

Copies of the FEIS are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the following locations in Wyoming: BLM Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne; BLM Casper Field Office, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper; BLM Rawlins Field Office, 1300 N. Third St., Rawlins; BLM Rock Springs Field Office, 280 Highway 191 N., Rock Springs; BLM Kemmerer Field Office, 312 Highway 189 N., Kemmerer; Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, 2468 Jackson St., Laramie; and Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Douglas Ranger District, 2250 E. Richards St., Douglas.

Copies of the FEIS are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the following locations in Idaho: BLM Idaho State Office, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise; BLM Pocatel-lo Field Office, 4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello; BLM Idaho Falls District Office, 1405 Hollipark Drive, Idaho Falls; BLM Burley Field Office, 15 East 200 South, Burley; BLM Twin Falls District Office, 2536 Kimberly Road, Twin

Falls; BLM Shoshone Field Office, 400 West F St., Shoshone: BLM Boise District Office, 3948 Development Ave., Boise; BLM Owyhee Field Office. 20 First Ave. W., Marsing; Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Montpelier Ranger District, 322 N. Fourth St., Montpelier; and Sawtooth National Forest. Minidoka Ranger District. 3650 Overland Ave., Burley.

Copies of the FEIS are also available in public libraries in project-area communities and to interested parties that previously requested a copy. A limited number of copies of the document are available as supplies last. To request a copy, contact Walt George, Project Manager, BLM Wyoming State Office, P.O. Box 20879, Cheyenne. WY 82003. 307-775-6116.

Comments may also be made to the BLM via the project Web site at:, via the project e-mail address (Gateway_ or in writing to BLM, Gateway West Project, P.O. Box 20879, Cheyenne, WY 82003. To be most useful, public comments should be received by Friday, June 28, 2013.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, you should be aware that your entire protest including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your protest to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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