As explained in the Record of Decision (ROD), the BLM has issued a right-of-way grant to Rocky Mountain Power and Idaho Power, allowing use of public lands for portions of the Gateway West Transmission Line Project on Segments 1 through 7 and Segment 10. The companies have also received a special use permit to the Medicine Bow and Caribou-Targhee National Forests, as the proposed line also crosses these federally-managed lands.

The BLM and national forests use the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process (40 CFR 1500) to assist their decision-making. The BLM is the lead federal agency for the NEPA process and has completed the NEPA process for this project, which included release of both draft and final environmental impact statements, as well as a final record of decision.

To learn more about the NEPA process, check out A Citizen's Guide to NEPA (PDF).

The BLM released the Record of Decision (ROD) for Segments 1 though 7 and Segment 10 in the Gateway West Transmission Line Project on November 14, 2013. The ROD, prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), identifies the BLM's final decision on routing for the project. You can find the ROD online or request a CD version to be mailed to you.

The BLM has deferred a decision on Segments 8 and 9 in western Idaho so routing can be resolved in this area. Visit the BLM Idaho website for updates on the siting process for these segments.