The Bureau of Land Management has resumed its efforts to permit the Gateway West transmission line across the Morley Nelson Birds of Prey area south of Kuna.
The two routes were slightly modified by a committee convened by BLM State Director Tim Murphy. It included local parties and conservationists; representatives from Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power, who are building the 1,000-mile, 500-kilovolt line from eastern Wyoming to near Melba, also attended the meetings.
The routes avoid Kuna and private land south of the preserve while minimizing the impact on raptors and sage grouse, the BLM says. The proposal also includes payments by the utilities to offset impacts on habitat.
“This project is a crucial part of the effort to bring renewable electric power to the Western grid and fuel the nation's clean energy economy,” said Murphy.
The BLM will hold four open house-style public meetings in Boise, Kuna, Gooding and Murphy from Oct. 7 to Oct. 9.