BLM releases preferred route for major power line

Oct 4, 2012 The Associated Press

TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- The federal Bureau of Land Management has chosen a preferred route for a 1,100-mile high-voltage transmission line expected to run through southern Idaho and southern Wyoming.

The proposed route for the Gateway West Transmission Line project has been hotly debated in several counties, in part because it could span large amounts of private farmland.

The general route has been understood for some time, but disagreements remained over isolates segments, sometimes encompassing no more than 100 yards.

BLM's preferred route attempts to avoid priority archaeological sites and critical sage grouse habitat. The route could still change, however. BLM spokeswoman Beverly Gorny says the public will have a chance to comment before the final decision is made.

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