Preferred route for power line bypasses Carbon County
The Bureau of Land Management has identified the preliminary preferred route for the proposed Gateway South Transmission Line. The tall, high-voltage towers would cross Duchesne County just north the Carbon County border.
The project, proposed by PacifiCorp (doing business as Rocky Mountain Power), is a 500-kilovolt, long-distance power transmission line originating in southeastern Wyoming, passing through Colorado and ending in central Utah. The proposed line would increase capacity and provide system redundancy, transporting renewable and conventional power.
The preliminary route is available for viewing on the BLM's Gateway South project website atwww.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/hdd/gateway_south.html. The BLM and cooperating agencies are analyzing the preliminary agency preferred route and alternative routes in the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), which will be released in February 2014.
The DEIS is being prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act and will identify and document the potential effects of the project as well as a range of reasonable alternatives that may help avoid, minimize or mitigate for these impacts. Issues evaluated for each alternative include: cultural resources, fisheries, land use, special designations, use of existing utility corridors, vegetation, visual resources, and wildlife.