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NEPA Document Collection for: San Juan Basin EC
EIS

San Juan Basin Energy Connect Project Environmental Impact Statement

General NEPA Document Info
Energy Sector Transmission

Environmental
Analysis Type

EIS

Applicant

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Consultant Parametrix; EMPSi; Environmental Planning Group; CH2MHill; P3 Planning; Kleinfelder

Geothermal Area

Project Location

Project Phase

Techniques

Time Frame (days)
Participating Agencies

Lead Agency

New Mexico

Funding Agency

RUS

Managing District Office

New Mexico

Managing Field Office

Funding Agencies

none provided

Surface Manager

BLM

Mineral Manager

none provided
Selected Dates
Pre-Application
Meeting Date
2008/11/05
Application
Document Type
NOI, ROW
EID Federal Register Date 2011/01/25
Scoping Initiated Date 2009/10/07
Preliminary EA-EIS Date 2014/03/14
NEPA Schedule Comments
Two rounds of scoping were conducted; one in 2009 and one in 2011
Relevant Numbers
Lead Agency
Doc Number
BLM/NM/PL-13-06-2850

Proposed Action

The proposed 65-mile transmission line, called the San Juan Basin Energy Connect Project, would be located between Shiprock, New Mexico, and Ignacio, Colorado, across Federal, State, Tribal, and private lands. It would improve reliability of the transmission system and deliver electricity generated at existing facilities to meet increasing demand in the San Juan Basin.

Increasing electric load growth in the San Juan Basin region of Colorado and New Mexico in commercial, residential, and industrial sectors has put a strain on the existing electrical system. Tri-State is proposing to construct a 230 kV transmission line from the Farmington area in northwest New Mexico to Ignacio, Colorado. Tri-State is pursuing the Project to:

• Improve electric system reliability with a high voltage transmission path from Colorado into northern New Mexico. • Provide electric system capacity to support the La Plata Electric Association’s (La Plata Electric) requested transmission capacity. • Directly improve the load-serving capability and reliability of the electric system serving La Plata Electric, Empire Electric Association (Empire Electric), and San Miguel Power Association.

Tri-State is requesting right-of-way grants to authorize use of specific public lands from the BLM; Southern Ute Indian Tribe (Southern Ute) tribal lands from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA); and State lands from the New Mexico State Land Office. Tri-State is also requesting approval from La Plata County for the operation and construction of the transmission line on private properties located in La Plata County. Tri-State is requesting financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (Rural Utilities). Tri State is requesting approval from the Western Area Power Administration (Western) to interconnect its proposed 230 kV transmission line to Western’s Shiprock Substation and also to locate the new Three Rivers Substation on Western’s reserved area within BLM lands.

Conditions of Approval

"The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the San Juan Basin Energy Connect Project is suspended indefinitely effective January 20, 2016, due to changes in regional load forecasts and uncertainty regarding recent Federal regulations. This has prompted Tri-State to re-evaluate the need for an electric transmission system in the San Juan Basin area of Colorado and New Mexico."

Final EIS not yet released; ROD not yet issued.

Data Completion Notes

Resource Analysis chart created May 2016.

Scoping documents and other project-related information available on the BLM project website: http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/more/lands_realty/san_juan_basin_energy.html

Documents

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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Resource Analysis

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Mitigation
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.

Compensation for unavoidable disturbances would be offered.

   
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  
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.

 

proposed  
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.

Compensation for unavoidable disturbances would be offered.

   
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  
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.

 

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  
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  
Prime or Unique Farmlands
"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  
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  
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  
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.

 

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  
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.

 

proposed  
Fire 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