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11/27/2017 14:43:19 MST

The Final Scoping Report for the Verde Transmission EIS/Taos RMP Amendment is now available for review at the bottom of the "Documents and Reports" page. 

Verde Transmission Project Questions and Answers (BLM)
Verde Transmission Project Questions and Answers (Verde Transmission, LLC and Hunt Power)

Map of Proposed Routes
The buffer zone varies in width from 150' on Pueblo lands where the route is already defined to 300' on private and 1,000' on BLM since the options are preliminary at this time.

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, and the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) land use planning regulations, the BLM announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) evaluating the proposed 33-mile, 345-kilovolt (kV) Verde Transmission Project and potential amendment to the Taos Resource Management Plan (RMP) pursuant to the BLM's land use planning regulations. The BLM is the lead agency in the development of the EIS and will work in cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USCOE), and the National Park Service (NPS). By this notice, the BLM is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues on the proposed transmission line and a potential plan amendment.

Verde proposes to construct a new, approximately 33-mile single-circuit 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line that would connect the existing Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) Ojo Substation in southern Rio Arriba County to the existing Norton Substation in Santa Fe County, New Mexico.  The project would cross Federal lands administered by the BLM, private lands, and tribal lands in both Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.

The portions of the line that would be located on BLM-administered land occur in two separate segments.  One BLM segment is located in the northern portion of the project area in Rio Arriba County.  In this area, the Project is proposed to be located parallel and adjacent to an existing PNM 115 kV line between the Ojo and Norton Substations.  The other segment of the line that would be located on BLM-administered lands is in Santa Fe County between the point where the Project would exit the southern boundary of the Pojoaque Pueblo and the Norton Substation.   

The Project would also cross lands within three Pueblos (Ohkay Owingeh, Santa Clara, and Pojoaque).  Verde has worked closely with each of the three Pueblos to determine their preferred location of the line.  In addition to the Pueblos, the Bureau of Indian Affairs would have jurisdiction over the portions of the alignments on Tribal lands.