November 10, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUWA Statement on the Proposed Cross-Tie 500-kV Transmission Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) – 11.9.23
Steve Bloch, Legal Director, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA), (801) 859-1552, email@example.com
Grant Stevens, Communications Director, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA), (319) 427-0260, firstname.lastname@example.org
Salt Lake City, UT – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced it is seeking public input on the proposed Cross-Tie 500-kV Transmission Project, a 214-mile proposed transmission line connecting Utah and Nevada. Among other things, the transmission line is intended to expand access to renewable energy across the Intermountain West. A 45-day public comment period on the Draft EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) ends Dec. 26, 2023. Below is a statement from SUWA Legal Director Steve Bloch.
“SUWA supports the urgent and necessary transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy. We will be reviewing this proposal to ensure that while this transition occurs, we do not unnecessarily sacrifice some of Utah’s wildest public lands. The West Desert is a landscape like no other in Utah—one filled with high mountain ranges, sagebrush flats, and incredible opportunities for solitude. The proposed transmission line’s path can and should be sited to ensure these values remain.”