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BLM delays release of transmission line study

The Bureau of Land Management is delaying the release of its environmental study of a proposed Wyoming-to-Idaho electric power transmission line.

The draft environmental impact statement for the Gateway West Transmission Line Project was scheduled to be released this summer, but that’s been pushed back to the last quarter of the year.

Idaho Power, a subsidiary of IdaCorp Inc., and Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacifiCorp and part of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, propose to build the 1,150-mile line to carry wind and other power from Wyoming to Idaho and other points.

The BLM says it’s delaying the document’s release to address comments received during the internal administrative review process as well as to clarify management objectives related to sage grouse, visual and other public resources.

The BLM will hold a 90-day public comment period once the study is released.

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