The Forest Service organizes an open day on the power line


White River National Forest and Holy Cross Energy will host a public open house on October 4 to share information on the Avon-to-Gilman power transmission line project. The open house will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Minturn Town Hall at 302 Pine Street.

The US Forest Service’s draft environmental assessment for the line proposed by Holy Cross Energy is currently available for public comment. The Forest Service has extended the public consultation period until October 22.

“The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the proposal as well as the Forest Service’s process to assess the portions that cross the land of the national forest system,” said Leanne Veldhuis, district ranger. from Eagle-Holy Cross.

The 8.9 mile line would run southeast of a substation east of Avon, cross the city limits of Minturn, and terminate at a substation just above Gilman, a uninhabited mining town on Battle Mountain. Holy Cross Energy is proposing the line to provide increased reliability of service as the electrical load increases in the communities of Eagle County.

The proposed line would cross 3.4 miles of land in the National Forest System, of which approximately 2.2 miles would be above ground and 1.2 miles underground. The Forest Service’s decision covers only the part of the proposed line crossing the lands of the National Forest System.

The draft EA and information on how to comment are available at Comments must be received by October 22.


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