The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal to upgrade an existing transmission line that runs through southwestern Colorado.
The proposal by the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association seeks to upgrade and rebuild the Montrose-Nucla-Cahone transmission line.
Drew Kramer, a Tri-State spokesman, said the agency wants to upgrade the line’s capacity from 115 kilovolts to 230 kilovolts.
"It’s a line that’s approaching its 60th birthday," Kramer said. "It goes through a lot of rugged territory. It’s been beat up by everything from weather to woodpeckers. Its lifespan is coming to an end."
The BLM and the U.S Forest service are conducting the environmental assessment on the proposed upgrades and handing the solicitation of public comments, he said.
The first comment period on the proposal ends June 4th.