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BLM Seeks Public Input on Proposal to Upgrade Existing Transmission Line

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By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Twin Falls District would like to hear from the public regarding a proposed upgrade to an existing 138 kilovolt electrical transmission line on public lands managed by the BLM Shoshone Field office. To be most helpful, comments should be received by April 8, 2014.

Idaho Power Company currently operates and maintains the 138 kilovolt power transmission line that extends from the King substation near Hagerman to the Wood River Substation near Hailey. This power line is known as King to Wood River or Line 433. The power line, which was initially authorized under a right-of-way grant in 1962, crosses approximately 28.5 miles of public lands managed by the BLM in Gooding, Camas and Blaine counties. Idaho Power Company’s current proposal includes rebuilding the transmission line at the current voltage and in its current location, while expanding the right-of-way corridor and upgrading access to the transmission line.

The public is welcome and encouraged to comment on the proposal to help the BLM identify potential issues and viable alternatives that address the purpose and need for the proposed upgrade. Information about the proposed project may be found at the following address: http://blm.gov/htld.

Analysis of the proposal, which is ongoing, will be documented in an environmental assessment estimated to be completed in April 2015.
Written comments must be submitted to Elizabeth Maclean, Shoshone Field Manager, 400 West F Street, Shoshone, ID 83352. The office business hours for submitting hand-delivered comments are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Electronic comments must be submitted in a common format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), Word (.doc or .docx) or portable document format (.pdf) to: blm_wo_king_woodriver@blm.gov. To be most helpful, comments sent electronically should include the title of this project “King to Wood River (Line 433) 138 kilovolt Transmission Line (IDI-012961)” in the subject line.

Before entering any address, phone number, e-mail address or other personal identifying information in your comments, be advised that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.
For additional information, please contact Dusty Parson at (208) 373-4068.


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