Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2012
CONTACT: Lisa Meiman or Jen Neville, corpcomm@wapa.gov, 720-962-7050

ESTES-FLATIRON PROJECT SCOPING PERIOD EXTENDED TO OCT. 19

Western extends the scoping comment period for Estes-to-Flatiron Substation Transmission Lines Rebuild environmental impact statement to accommodate alternative development process

LOVELAND, Colo. – Western Area Power Administration is extending the public scoping period of the Estes-to-Flatiron Substation Transmission Lines Rebuild Project environmental impact statement (EIS) process through Oct. 19 based on public requests and to allow the public an opportunity to provide input on the project alternatives.

"Western extended the EIS comment period once already to provide additional opportunities for the public to identify issues, opportunities and concerns about the project," said Tim Snowden, from Western's Natural Resources office. "Public comments received thus far requested more time to submit comments. Western wants to make sure interested participants have every opportunity in our expanded public participation process to provide informed comments before the draft environmental impact statement is developed."

Western proposes to upgrade and co-locate two aging transmission lines in the area onto one right of way. Upgrading these lines is necessary to comply with safety standards; ensure reliable and cost effective electricity in Estes Park, Loveland and along the Front Range; and provide accessibility for maintenance and emergencies. The lines in question are essential for the delivery of power to the Town of Estes Park from a variety of generation sources along the Front Range.

Public workshops set for early October
To provide the public with an opportunity to provide input on the alternative development process for the draft EIS, Western will hold three public workshops in October 2012:

In addition, Western will arrange accompanying satellite alternative development sessions with key stakeholder groups during the same days scheduled for the alternative development workshops. The results of the satellite alternative development sessions will be posted at the workshop locations as results become available. The locations, dates, and times for the satellite sessions will be announced on Western’s Estes-Flatiron webpage at: http://go.usa.gov/rvtP.

Comments from the workshops, as well as comments received since the scoping process for this EIS began April 17, 2012 will be considered in defining the scope of the EIS and alternative development process.

In order to ensure consideration in the draft EIS, all comments must be received before the end of the scoping period. Western will provide additional opportunities for public participation when the draft EIS is published.

The public can submit comments on the proposal at any time during the EIS process by mail to Tim Snowden, Western Area Power Administration, 5555 E. Crossroads Blvd., P.O. Box 3700, Loveland, CO 80539-3003, fax (970) 461-7213 or e-mail, RMR_estesflatironeis@wapa.gov.

For additional information on the proposed project, the EIS process, or to receive a copy of the draft EIS when it is published, contact Tim Snowden by the methods noted above.

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest is a cooperating agency on the EIS.

For more information on the project, visit http://go.usa.gov/rvtP. To learn more about NEPA's environmental processes, visit http://energy.gov/nepa/office-nepa-policy-and-compliance.

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