The first of nine Idaho hearings begins in Boise Monday on the environmental impact statement for the 1,100-mile, 150-180 foot high-foot-high, 500-kilovolt power line from Glenrock, Wyo., to Murphy to be built by Rocky Mountain Power and Idaho Power.
Idaho’s four members of Congress — Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson — issued a joint news release publicizing the hearings to be conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
“A broad group of Idahoans – people most affected by the Gateway West power lines – worked in good faith and underwent a strenuous process to develop a route that everyone could agree on only to have their efforts disregarded by the BLM,” said the all-GOP quartet. “We encourage Idahoans to let the agency know how they feel about this new plan through the many public hearings scheduled throughout Idaho.”
Ordinarily, my expert colleague Rocky Barker would have picked up this release. But he’s off this week, so I stepped in.
The full news release follows, including information on the hearings:
Idaho Delegation Encourages Public Comment On Gateway West Project EIS
Says BLM must review the collaborative input regarding power line
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Idaho Congressional Delegation are calling for “strong public input” next week as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) opens the public comment period on the agency’s final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Gateway West Power Project. The project is the result of plans by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power to better ship power throughout the West via the Gateway West Transmission Line, which would run through Wyoming and all of southern Idaho. Following an initial review of the EIS released last week, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raúl Labrador, released the following statement.
“A broad group of Idahoans – people most affected by the Gateway West power lines – worked in good faith and underwent a strenuous process to develop a route that everyone could agree on only to have their efforts disregarded by the BLM,” noted Crapo, Risch, Simpson and Labrador. “We encourage Idahoans to let the agency know how they feel about this new plan through the many public hearings scheduled throughout Idaho.”
A 60 day public comment period now begins with BLM expected to hold nine meetings throughout the state. For more information about the meetings in Idaho and Wyoming, please visit BLM’s website by clicking here.
Idaho meetings are planned as follows:
Boise, May 6, 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Boise Hotel and Conference Center
Kuna, May 7, 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Old Gym
Murphy, May 8, 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Owyhee County Museum
Melba, May 9, 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Melba High School
Twin Falls, May 13, 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Red Lion Canyon Springs Inn
Burley, May 14, 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Best Western Inn & Conference Center
American Falls, May 14, 4:00 to 7:00 PM, American Falls Intermediate School
Pocatello, May 15, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Ramada Inn
Montpelier, May 16, 4:00 to 7:00 PM, National OR/CA Trail Center