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:
Gateway South Public Open House Meetings
Mon, March 10
Grand Junction, Colo.
Colorado Mesa University Ballroom, 1100 North Ave.
Tue, March 11
Western Park, 302 East 200 South
Wed, March 12
Fort Duchesne, Utah
Ute Indian Tribal Office, 988 South 7500 East
Thu, March 13
Roosevelt Jr. High School, 350 West 200 East
Mon, March 17
Green River, Utah
Green River High School, 745 W. Pirate Ave.
Tue, March 18
Carbon County Fairgrounds, 450 S. Fairgrounds Road, Room 130
Wed, March 19
Mount Pleasant, Utah
North Sanpete High School, 390 East 700 South
Thu, March 20
Juab High School, 802 North 650 East
Mon, March 31
Colorado Northwestern Community College, Weiss Conference Room, 500 Kennedy Drive
Tue, April 1
Colorado Northwestern Community College, Academic Building Commons Area, 2801 W. Ninth St.
Wed, April 2
Valley Community Center, 255 W. Osborne
Thu, April 3
Jeffrey Memorial Community Center, 315 W. Pine St.
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.govor 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.