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Lovell-Yellowtail and Basin-Lovell Transmission Line Rebuild Project

Western Area Power Administration proposes to rebuild the Lovell to Yellowtail No. 1 and No. 2 and the Basin to Lovell 115-kV transmission lines. The lines are located between Lovell, Wyoming, and Yellowtail Dam, Montana, and between Lovell and Basin, WY. The Lovell to Yellowtail No. 1 and No. 2 transmission lines were constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1956 and 1966, respectively. The Basin to Lovell line was built by the BOR in 1952.  Western is proposing to use wood pole H-frame structures for the rebuild.

The proposed project would:

  • Help ensure reliability and safety of the transmission lines
  • Improve Western's capability to transmit electricity to the south and eliminate operational contstraints on the electrical system
  • Acquire and clarify access to the transmission lines for maintenance

FONSI signed Sept. 23

On September 23, 2011, Western signed a Finding of No Significant Impact and Floodplains Statement of Findings for the Lovell-Yellowtail and Basin-Lovell Transmission Line Rebuild Project, Montana and Wyoming.  The FONSI is based on information contained in the environmental assessment and describes the basis for the determination that an environmental impact statement would not be required.For more information on the Lovell-Yellowtail and Basin-Lovell Transmission Line Rebuild Project EA contact:

Natural Resource Office, A7400
Western Area Power Administration
P.O. Box 281213
Lakewood, CO  80228

or by e-mail to LovellYellowtailEA@wapa.gov

Documents

Finding of No Significant Impact and Floodplains Statement of Findings for the Lovell-Yellowtail and Basin-Lovell Transmission Line Rebuild Project, Montana and Wyoming (748 kb pdf)

Lovell-Yellowtail and Basin-Lovell Transmission Line Rebuild Project Mitigation Action Plan (134 kb pdf)

Final Environmental Assessment for the Lovell-Yellowtail and Basin-Lovell Transmission Line Rebuild Project - Sept. 2011 (23.7 MB pdf)