Big Transmission Plans to Power Through Southern Wyoming

It's big, and it's headed for Wyoming. Planning is underway to set the location for the Gateway West Transmission Line that will run from Glenrock, WY and across Idaho over a mix of public and private lands. Early input from the public has already resulted in the BLM shifting some line locations to respect historic westward trails and sites in Wyoming.

Lesley Wischmann with the Alliance for Historic Wyoming says they want to be sure folks pay attention to the project so it doesn't catch them by surprise when construction equipment starts moving in.

She says the line is an industrial addition to the landscape that is expected to grow over time.

Wischmann says historic ranches may be impacted under the latest proposals. The line is a joint project of Rocky Mountain Power and Idaho Power. The BLM is asking for public comments on its map of possible routes. Construction is set to begin in 2014.

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