Forest Service to host power line open house
Proposed line would run from Minturn to Gilman
The White River National Forest and Holy Cross Energy will host a public open house Oct. 4 to share information about the proposed Avon-to-Gilman Electric Transmission Line Project. The open house will run from 5-7 p.m. at Minturn Town Hall at 302 Pine St.
The U.S. Forest Service’s draft environmental assessment of Holy Cross Energy’s proposed line is currently available for public comment. The Forest Service extended the public comment period through Oct. 22.
“The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the proposal as well as the Forest Service’s process for evaluating the portions that cross National Forest System lands,” Eagle-Holy Cross District Ranger Leanne Veldhuis said.
The 8.9-mile line would run southeast from a substation east of Avon, pass through the Minturn town limits, and terminate at a substation just above Gilman, an uninhabited mining town on Battle Mountain. Holy Cross Energy is proposing the line to provide increased service reliability as the electrical load increases in Eagle County communities.
The proposed line would cross 3.4 miles of National Forest System lands, about 2.2 miles of which would be above ground and 1.2 miles underground. The Forest Service decision covers only the portion of the proposed line crossing National Forest System lands.
The draft environmental assessment and information about how to comment are available at FS.USDA.gov/project/?project=57224. Comments need to be received by Oct. 22.