Wednesday, March 16, 2011

B2H March 2011 Newswire

B2H Newswire

Issue 2 - Winter 2011

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) have published the second issue of the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project newsletter – the B2H Newswire.

In this Edition:
  • Recap of summer 2010 scoping period
  • Idaho Power submits revised routes
  • ODOE to issue Project Order
  • BLM and USFS draft Revised Scoping Report
Recap of summer 2010 scoping period

BLM, USFS and ODOE reopened the public scoping comment period and hosted public meetings in summer 2010. The agencies received over 300 public comments.

Your comments are helping the state and federal agencies develop their separate review documents. Thank you for your participation in this early comment period!

Idaho Power submits revised routes

Based on public and landowner feedback, Idaho Power made changes to its proposed route and alternatives. The changes were officially submitted to BLM and USFS in March 2011. View the revised routes.

This spring fieldwork operations are set to continue along Idaho Power’s proposed routes and alternatives. Learn more about Idaho Power’s fieldwork.

ODOE to issue Project Order

ODOE will soon issue a Project Order outlining the issues and regulations Idaho Power must address in its Application for Site Certificate (ASC). ODOE anticipates Idaho Power will submit its preliminary ASC later this year, initiating the next step in the state review process. Learn more about the state review process.

BLM and USFS draft Revised Scoping Report

BLM and USFS are drafting a Revised Scoping Report summarizing the 2008 and 2010 public scoping comments, as well as the comments submitted during the Idaho Powercommunity advisory process. The agencies expect the report will be publically available in May. Over the next year, the agencies will evaluate the project for potential impacts to environmental, social and economic resources, which will be documented in the draft Environmental Impact Statement.Learn more about the federal review process.

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