Today, Mark Udall issued a statement commending the Western Area Power Administration (Western) on its decision to conduct an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Estes-Flatiron Transmission Line Rebuild Project. The project will upgrade and co-locate two transmission lines that extend between Estes Park and Flatiron Reservoir in Larimer County. However, during the public scoping process, stakeholders expressed concerns with the environmental impact of the line and suggested exploring alternative routes. Taking these concerns into consideration, Western determined that a more thorough EIS process was needed to determine the full impact of the project and to collect further input from stakeholder groups.
"I am pleased that the decision has been made to conduct a more rigorous environmental impact statement of the Estes-Flatiron Transmission Line Rebuild Project," Udall said. "I commend the Western Area Power Administration for listening to the concerns of the community and stakeholders in this project, and I look forward to monitoring the review process as it moves forward. Modernizing our nation's infrastructure is vital to our economic and energy future, but we must also be sure that it doesn't come at the cost of our environment or the communities we're working to improve."
For more information regarding the proposal, updates on upcoming public meetings, or to provide feedback on the project, refer to the project website: http://ww2.wapa.gov/sites/western/transmission/infrastruct/Pages/Estes-Flatiron.aspx.