Federal review of Greenlink West project begins

The Bureau of Land Management began its federal review of the proposed Greenlink West Transmission project on May 1.

The Greenlink West project is a system of approximately 474 miles of new 525 kilovolt (kV) and 345 kV overhead power transmission lines and includes transmission and distribution lines, substations, micro-radio facilities waves, amplification sites, access roads and constructions/yard materials.

The project will run from Las Vegas to Reno through Clark, Nye, Esmeralda, Mineral, Lyon, Storey and Washoe counties, according to the BLM website. It would be built on 13,767 acres of land.

The transmission line will impact the habitat of the desert tortoise, sage-grouse, pronghorn, golden eagle and many other species, according to Basin and Range Watch, a nonprofit that advocates for the conservation of deserts in Nevada and California.

“It will end up destroying several archaeological sites in its path. The project will build multiple transmission towers nearly 200 feet tall and will be highly visible from Lake Walker, Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, the Amargosa River, Fort Churchill State Historic Park and several private properties. said Basin and Range in a press release.

Multiple microwave towers, new roads and associated facilities would be added to the landscape, the nonprofit organization said. The project would be built within the boundary of the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and would impact several paleontological sites.

The Greenlink West project will build three large substations designed to connect several thousand acres of utility-scale solar power to the grid.

To date, approximately 230 square miles of utility-scale solar applications have been filed in association with the Greenlink West transmission project.

These apps are adjacent to Death Valley National Park and next to Rhyolite Ghost Town, Desert Tortoise Habitat, Pronghorn Breeding Habitat, Joshua Tree Habitat, Multiple Sites archaeological sites and near small communities like Beatty that depend on tourism for their economy, Basin and Range said.

The line will connect to natural gas plants in Apex and eventually carry electricity north to major technology plants in the Reno area.

“This transmission project will open the Pandora’s box land rush of massive energy proposals that will permanently destroy the state’s natural and cultural resources,” said Kevin Emmerich, co-founder of Basin and Range Watch. “Green energy is less destructive when used on previously developed sites and urban areas.”

The Greenlink West project scoping period will be 30 days.

The deadline for comments is June 1, 2022.

You can submit feedback or project-related resource information through one of the following methods:

Website: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2017391/510.

Mail: Gregory L. Helseth, Renewable Energy Branch Manager, BLM Nevada State Office, Greenlink West Project, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, NV 89520.

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