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DOE Releases Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Plains & Eastern Clean Line

Posted on 01/7/2015 by Jason Thomas

We were very pleased to close 2014 with DOE’s release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Plains & Eastern Clean Line project pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Getting to this stage in the development of the project involved a multi-year process that included input from thousands of stakeholders and a tremendous amount of analysis and thought. You can see more information on the routing process here.

"WHILE THE RELATIVE IMPORTANCE OF SPECIFIC ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE AREAS VARIES BY INDIVIDUAL (SOME MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC OR AGENCIES VALUE CERTAIN RESOURCES OVER OTHERS), THE PLAINS & EASTERN EIS DID NOT IDENTIFY WIDESPREAD, MAJOR IMPACTS AS A RESULT OF CONSTRUCTION OR OPERATIONS OF THE PROJECT." - Plains & Eastern Clean Line DEIS, December 2014

We appreciate the quality and depth of the information presented in the Draft EIS. You can now review the proposed location of the HVDC line and other project facilities, study the analysis of the potential environmental effects of the proposed project and alternatives, and make comments on the document to DOE. For more information on the NEPA review process, to view a copy of the Draft EIS, and learn how to participate in DOE’s comment process please visit DOE’s Plains & Eastern EIS website at http://www.PlainsAndEasternEIS.com.

Below is the proposed route for project. Please click on the map to see more details on the proposed route, including a link to an interactive map.

Plains & Eastern Clean Line dEIS Map

DOE will not make a decision regarding the project until it has completed the environmental review process. The release of the Draft EIS initiates a 90-day public comment period that is scheduled to conclude in March 2015. DOE will host 15 public meetings in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas during January and February of 2015.  To learn more about the public meetings, including location and times, please click here .

If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please call us toll-free at (877) 573-2851 or email us at info@plainsandeasterncleanline.com. A project representative will respond to your inquiry.

Happy New Year,

Mario Hurtado and Jason Thomas