Tuesday, January 14, 2014

RUS public hearing to be held on Basin Electric transmission project plans

RUS public hearing to be held on Basin Electric transmission project plans


The Jan. 16 hearing will provide opportunity for comments regarding a proposed Basin Electric transmission project in the Williston Basin.
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will hold a public hearing on the expansion of a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for a proposed Basin Electric transmission line project from 5-8 p.m. CST Jan. 16 at the Watford City Civic Center in Watford City, ND.
Basin Electric plans to build, operate and maintain an approximately 278-mile 345-kilovolt transmission project from Antelope Valley Station (AVS) to Neset in western North Dakota. The RUS, an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is preparing an EIS for the project.
The Jan. 16 hearing will provide an opportunity for federal, state and local agencies, tribal entities, and members of the public to present comments on the supplemental draft EIS. The supplemental draft EIS evaluates an additional transmission line segment that interconnects with the previously proposed AVS to Neset project at a proposed substation north of Killdeer, ND, and run to a proposed substation north and west of Watford City.
The public comment period ends Feb. 3. Written comments on the scope of the EIS should be sent todennis.rankin@wdc.usda.gov or:
Mr. Dennis Rankin, Environmental Protection Specialist
USDA, Rural Utilities Service
1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Stop 1571
Washington, DC 20250-1571