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NEPA Document Collection for: Antelope Valley Neset
EIS

AVS - Neset 345 kV Transmission Line Project

General NEPA Document Info
Energy Sector Transmission

Environmental
Analysis Type

EIS

Applicant

Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Consultant The Louis Berger Group

Geothermal Area

Project Location

Project Phase

Techniques

Time Frame (days)
Application Time 0
NEPA Process Time 1046
Participating Agencies

Lead Agency

RUS

Funding Agency

RUS

Managing District Office

Managing Field Office

Funding Agencies

none provided

Surface Manager

Mineral Manager

Selected Dates
Pre-Application
Meeting Date
2011/11/02
Application Date 2014/09/13
Application
Document Type
NOI
EID Federal Register Date 2011/11/02
Revised Application Date 2013/08/16
Scoping Initiated Date 2011/11/02
Preliminary EA-EIS Date 2012/11/01
Final EA-EIS Date
/Public Comment Period
2014/05/30
Decision Document Date 2014/09/13
NEPA Schedule Comments
Project required Supplemental Draft EIS prior to issuance of Final EIS and RODs
Relevant Numbers
Lead Agency
Doc Number
N/A

Proposed Action

Basin Electric is proposing to construct, operate, and maintain a new electrical transmission line connecting the existing AVS, Charlie Creek, Williston, and Neset substations with five newly proposed delivery substations. The overall project area identified for this project encompasses parts of Mercer, Dunn, McKenzie, Williams, and Mountrail counties in North Dakota.

This overall project includes the construction of 345-kV transmission line facilities from Basin Electric’s AVS generation facility in northwestern North Dakota to increase the capacity and reliability of the electricity transmission infrastructure of the region. The line would connect AVS with Basin Electric’s Charlie Creek and Neset substations, Western’s Williston Substation, and provide new substation facilities to connect the proposed line into the current transmission system and provide locations for load-serving connections. Several alternatives, including a no-action alternative and three different build alternatives are discussed in detail in Chapter 2 of the FEIS.

This FEIS considers two additional alternatives, similar to the alignment of Alternative B discussed in the DEIS. The primary difference is a double-circuit 345-kV line (Alternative D) or two parallel lines (Alternative E) running 63 miles from the Red Substation near Killdeer to the new White Substation and on to the Blue Substation and the additional Killdeer South Switchyard would be required. The Killdeer South Switchyard would interconnect the Red Substation to the existing AVS to Charlie Creek 345-kV transmission line by 12 miles of parallel 345-kV single-circuit transmission line. A detailed description of the project alternatives is included in Chapter 2 of the FEIS.

Conditions of Approval

USFS: Appendix B of ROD; implementation of standard mitigation/conservation measures and best management practices should be completed for the project.

RUS: Not identified in ROD

Western: Under mitigation measures in the ROD, Western requires its construction contractors to implement standard environmental protection provisions. These provisions are provided in Western’s Construction Standards (see Standard 13 – Environmental Quality Protection).

Data Completion Notes

A complete record of project files can be found on the RUS website: http://www.rd.usda.gov/publications/environmental-studies/impact-statements/avs-neset-345kv-transmission-line-project-north

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Resource Analysis

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Mitigation
Access and Transportation
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

proposed imposed
Air Quality
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

proposed imposed
Cultural Resources
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

proposed imposed
Geology and Minerals
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

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Invasive, Nonnative Species
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

proposed imposed
Lands and Realty
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

proposed  
Migratory Birds
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

proposed  
Noise
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

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Paleontological Resources
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

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Public Health and Safety
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

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Soils
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

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Vegetation
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

proposed imposed
Visual Resources
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

proposed  
Water Quality
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

proposed imposed
Wetlands and Riparian Zones
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

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Wildlife Resources
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

proposed imposed
Wastes Hazardous or Solid
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

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