TransWest Express is a 725-mile-long transmission line that would start in Sinclair, Wyoming, travel through Colorado and Utah, and terminate in the Las Vegas area of southern Nevada. The project has been proposed by TransWest Express LLC, a subsidiary of the Anschutz Corporation, based out of Denver. This transmission line is being proposed to complement another one of Anschutz’s projects, a massive 3,000 megawatt wind farm in southern Wyoming. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has already approved the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project, and the TransWest power line would help transport energy from this wind farm to growing energy markets in the Southwest.
Audubon has maintained consistent communication with Anschutz regarding both the TransWest transmission line and the associated wind farm. There are major concerns about how both projects would affect Golden Eagle and Greater Sage-Grouse populations. As with Gateway West, the BLM is developing a Sage-grouse Habitat Equivalency Analysis (HEA) for the proposed TransWest Express.
On July 3rd 2013, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a draft environmental impact statement of the project. There is a 90-day public comment period for the DEIS, so if you are interested in getting involved, please check out the links below to learn how to submit comments on the document or attend a public meeting.
BLM website (to download the EIS document and info): http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/hdd/transwest.html
BLM Newsletter (helpful info): http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wy/information/NEPA/hddo/twe.Par.7701.File.dat/2013-07.pdf
Map of routes (can zoom in) http://www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/xHDDO/twe/maps/101129_100K_Map_Tiles_IndexMap_11x17.pdf
Information on public meetings (mid August): http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/hdd/transwest/DEIS-publicmtgs.html