Boardman to Hemingway

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NEPA Document Collection for: Boardman to Hemingway
EIS

Environmental Impact Statement and Land Use Plan Amendments for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project

General NEPA Document Info
Energy Sector Transmission

Environmental
Analysis Type

EIS

Applicant

Idaho Power Co
Consultant Logan Simpson Design

Geothermal Area

Project Location

Project Phase

Techniques

Time Frame (days)
Participating Agencies

Lead Agency

BLM

Funding Agency

none provided

Managing District Office

Oregon, Idaho

Managing Field Office

Funding Agencies

none provided

Surface Manager

BLM, USFS

Mineral Manager

none provided
Selected Dates
Application
Document Type
NOI, POD, ROW
EID Federal Register Date 2008/09/12
Scoping Initiated Date 2008/09/12
Preliminary EA-EIS Date 2014/12/19
NEPA Schedule Comments
BLM and USFS initiated NEPA process with scoping meetings in September 2008. In July 2010, scoping was reopened because Idaho Power identified new routes for analysis. DEIS was released in December 2014 and FEIS is expected in early 2016.
Relevant Numbers
Lead Agency
Doc Number
DOI-BLM-OR-V000-2012-016-EIS

Proposed Action

Idaho Power Company proposes to construct, operate, and maintain the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (the B2H Project), that is approximately 305 miles long. The line would be a single-circuit alternating-current, 500-kilovolt (kV) overhead electric transmission line with ancillary facilities. The transmission line would be constructed to connect the Grassland Substation, that is under construction by Portland General Electric Company (PGE), near the near the city of Boardman, Morrow County, Oregon, to the existing Hemingway Substation, near the city of Melba in Owyhee County, Idaho. The proposed B2H Project would include relocating approximately 4.5 miles of existing 138-kV transmission line to a newly constructed double circuit 138/69-kV transmission line in the existing right-of-way in the vicinity of Weatherby, Oregon.

The B2H Project is proposed to cross federal, state, and private lands in five counties in Oregon and one county in Idaho. Approximately 93 miles (33 percent) of the lands the proposed B2H Project would cross are administered by federal agencies, including the BLM, USFS, and the Bureau of Reclamation. The B2H Project may also affect lands and military Special Use Airspace administered by the U.S. Department of the Navy.

Conditions of Approval

Final EIS anticipated release is Summer 2016; no ROD issued yet.

Data Completion Notes

A complete record of project files can be found on the Project website at: http://www.boardmantohemingway.com/default.aspx

NEPA Resource Analysis chart updated May 2016.

Documents

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
EA/EIS Report: 
 
 
 
 
 

Resource Analysis

Resource Not
Present
Present,
Not
Affected
Present,
Potentially
Affected
Not
Indicated
Comment Applicant
Proposed
Mitigation
Agency
Imposed
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  
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  
Environmental Justice
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Native American Reservations are not crossed, however, there are 45 tribes within 2 miles of the proposed project's pathway.

   
Fisheries 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.

 

   
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.

 

  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.

 

   
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.

 

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

Native American Reservations are not crossed, however, there are 45 tribes within 2 miles of the proposed project's pathway. Burial sites, cultural practices, and artifacts commonly occur off of the indian reservation.

   
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.

"Buzzing" disturbances may interfere with "wildness" feeling. The noise generated from this project will not exceed allowable decibels.

   
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.

 

proposed  
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.

 

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

 

   
Threatened and Endangered 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.

The Sage Grouse habitat will be heavily disturbed.

proposed  
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.

 

   
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  
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.

 

   
Special Status 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