Four public meetings have been scheduled to discuss Idaho Power Company's plan to construct a 500 kilovolt transmission line from Twin Falls south to Ely, Nev., and then west to the Intermountain Power Project near Delta.
The company hopes to have the new line in operation by 1993. The public meetings will outline plans for the line and review possible routes, one of which runs through the northwest corner of Utah.The meetings will be March 27 at the Twin Falls Holiday Inn, 1350 Blue Lake Blvd.; March 28 at Wells High School, 115 Lake Ave., Wells, Nev.; March 29 at the Bristlecone Convention Center, 150 6th Street, Ely; and March 30 at the Delta city hall, 76 N. Second West. Each will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
IPC is making preliminary environmental studies of the proposed routes. About 1,500 miles of possible route corridors are under consideration.
The public meetings will lead to the formal development of an environmental impact statement for the corridor selected. Additional public meetings will be held as the project development moves forward.
IPC hopes to complete its data collection by August and begin the actual environmental impact study by September. Route selection is to be decided by November. The first drafts of the impact statement should be ready by March 1990 and will be put out for public review through June 1990. Public hearings will be conducted during the same time period and should lead to a final impact statement release in October 1990. The company hopes to have final permission on the project by January 1991.
Most of the transmission line will consist of steel-lattice towers stabilized with guy-wires.
More information can be obtained by contacting Karl Simonson at the Bureau of Land Management's Burley District Office, P.O. Box 1, Burley, Idaho 83318 or by contacting Jim Jensen, project manager, Dames & Moore, P.O. Box 1601, Boise, Idaho 83701.