Idaho powerline plan to avoid private property

Posted at 11:15 AM, Mar 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-27 13:15:21-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A plan for two high-voltage transmission lines crossing southwestern Idaho has been altered after facing opposition from property owners, a draft document shows.

The latest plan has the lines crossing more of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.

The 1,700-page draft document released by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management earlier this month maps out potential routes for two segments of the Gateway West project that would each span more than 125 miles.

The segments are part of a larger project to deliver 1,500 megawatts from southern Wyoming through southern Idaho to points west.

The federal agency determined in 2014 that additional environmental analysis was necessary after Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power submitted revised applications.

Public meetings are planned in April with comments due by June 9.