BLM seeks comments on energy connect project

Created: 03/18/2014 8:51 AM
By: The Associated Press

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A regional electric provider is planning to build a new transmission line and other infrastructure between New Mexico and Colorado to meet growing demand throughout the San Juan Basin.

The transmission line being planned by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association would stretch 65 miles from Waterflow to Ignacio, Colo.

The utility says the line would also boost reliability of the region's electricity system.

The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled two public meetings next month to discuss the proposal.

The agency has reviewed potential environmental effects of the line and will be accepting public comments on its draft analysis through April 28.

The San Juan Basin has been seeing a resurgence of oil and natural gas drilling activity due to technological advancements aimed at tapping the region's shale deposits.

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Photo: Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association

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