Forest Service, USDA.
Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.
Based on a request made by the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, the Carson National Forest is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the effects of a proposal to authorize Kit Carson Cooperative to construct, operate and maintain a new 115 KV electric transmission line and fiber optic system on National Forest Lands from the existing Ojo to Taos 115 KV line to Ojo Caliente, New Mexico. The proposal also includes construction, operation and maintenance of a substation in Ojo Caliente.
The proposal has several parts, most of which pertain directly to National Forest lands and for which the USDA Forest Service will make the decision. Other portions pertain to Bureau of Land Management administered lands including the proposed substation location, for which the responsible line officer in the Bureau of Land Management will be the deciding official. If any alternative should be selected that might include private holdings, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative will negotiate for approval. The purpose of the project is to improve existing service by reducing voltage fluctuations and the number of outages. It is also to provide fiber optic capabilities to a number of small communities in the area.
The proposed action is currently available for review and comment. It is estimated that the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) will be completed and distributed for comments by the end of January, 2000. A 45 day comment period will follow. The final environmental impact statement and a record of decision is estimated to be released by the end of July 2001.
Copies of the proposed action and DEIS will be available upon request from the Carson Forest Supervisor's Office, 208 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM 87571, Attn: Power Line Analysis Team. Comments related to the DEIS can be sent to the same address.
Responsible Official: The Forest Supervisor, Carson National Forest, is the responsible official and will decide whether or not the project will be implemented on Forest Service lands. If so, the Forest Supervisor will decide where, how and when they will be implemented.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Power Line Team Leader, Carson Forest Supervisor's Office, (505) 758-6200.Start Signature
Dated: September 27, 2000.
Forest Supervisor, Carson National Forest.
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