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For Immediate Release
Diana Enright
(503) 378-8278
In Oregon 1-800-221-8035
Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) will hold public information meetings on the proposed Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project in communities throughout the project area from Aug. 2 through 12 in coordination with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service.
ODOE will be collecting comments on the project at the meetings and through mail, e-mail, fax and a shared project website through Sept. 20, 2010.
The proposed transmission project would include construction, operation and maintenance of a new single-circuit, 500 kilovolt transmission line from a proposed substation in Boardman, Oregon to the Hemingway Substation near Melba, Idaho.
The applicant, Idaho Power, filed a Notice of Intent (NOI) to ODOE in 2008; however, the NOI expires in August and the proposal has changed substantially, so the company submitted a new NOI on July 6, 2010. The NOI is a formal notice to ODOE and the public that the company intends to submit an Application for a Site Certificate to the state’s Energy Facility Siting Council (Council). The NOI is preliminary and the project is subject to change based on comments from the public, government agencies and ODOE.
ODOE will co-host informational meetings with the federal agencies that will include information about the Council’s application review process and the federal review process, as well as preliminary information about the proposed transmission line.
Meeting locations will be open from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with brief presentations at 4 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Agency staff will be available to answer questions. The meetings are not formal public hearings, and public comments provided at this stage will be used to make the applicant aware of any issues or concerns. Meeting dates and locations include:
  • August 2 – La Grande, Ore. (Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St.)
  • August 3 – Baker City, Ore. (Best Western Sunridge Inn, 1 Sunridge Lane)
  • August 4 – Pendleton, Ore. (Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate)
  • August 5 – Mt. Vernon, Ore. (Mt. Vernon Community Hall, 640 Ingle St.)
  • August 9 – Marsing, Idaho (Marsing American Legion Community Center, 126 N. Bruneau Highway)
  • August 10 – Ontario, Ore. (Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 S.W. Fifth Ave.)
  • August 11 – Boardman, Ore. (Port of Morrow Riverfront Center, 2 Marine Drive)
  • August 12 – Burns, Ore. (Harney County Community Services Center, 17 S. Alder Ave.)
In addition to providing comments at the meetings, input on the proposed project can be provided to ODOE and the federal agencies in several ways, including:
“We want to know what suggestions or concerns the public has about Idaho Power’s proposed project,” said Sue Oliver, ODOE siting officer. “Public participation is key to helping us make informed decisions.”
Comments must be received by September 20, 2010. Comments do not need to be sent to each agency – ODOE and the federal agencies are sharing all comments sent to the central project sites listed above. There will be additional opportunities to provide comments during the application review process.
Project documents are available on the shared project website and at public viewing locations. Learn more about the project and view documents and maps at www.boardmantohemingway.com.