BLM picks new choices for Wyoming-Idaho power line

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – The Bureau of Land Management has announced the latest possible routes for a new power line that would stretch from eastern Wyoming to western Idaho. The BLM said Monday that the new routes will be included in its draft environmental impact statement for the Gateway West Transmission Line Project. The document is set to be released this summer. Rocky Mountain Power and Idaho Power are pursuing the $2 billion, 1,150-mile line to carry wind and other power to their customers in Wyoming, Idaho and other western states. They hope to complete the project by 2014. The preferred proposed route crosses Oneida, Franklin and Bear Lake Counties. The route would cross I-15 west of Downy and U.S. 91 between Downy and Swan Lake with a substation to be located near Downy. In Bear Lake County, the proposed route would run near Ovid and just south of Montpelier continuing into Wyoming. The companies and BLM announced in July that they were delaying the siting process for a few months to try to address concerns of some landowners and local governments. — Information and interactive maps:: http://www.gatewaywestproject.com/ http://www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/cfodocs/gateway_west/index.php

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