Public meeting planned for transmission line project |

Public meeting planned for transmission line project

A public meeting will be held in Newcastle to present and take comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Teckla-Osage-Rapid City 230 kV Transmission Line Project.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Forest Service’s Hell Canyon Ranger District Office, 1225 Washington Boulevard, in Newcastle, Wyo. The general public is invited, particularly those who could not attend the public meeting held in Newcastle on Jan. 14 due to road and weather conditions.

The proposed transmission line would connect the Teckla Substation in Campbell County, Wyo., to the Osage Substation in Weston County, Wyo., and the Lange Substation in Pennington County near Rapid City, S.D. The proposed line would cross private and State of Wyoming lands, and Federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Thunder Basin National Grassland, and Black Hills National Forest.

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing and postmarked or emailed no later than 45 days after the publication of the Notice of Availability of the DEIS in the Federal Register, which occurred on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. The DEIS and a comment form are available on the Black Hills National Forest website at Comments on the DEIS should be specific and address the adequacy of the document and the merits of the alternatives. Comments submitted, including names and addresses of commenters, will be public information.

Comments should be mailed to Ruth Esperance, District Ranger, Mystic Ranger District, Teckla-Osage-Rapid City Project, 8221 South Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57702. Comments may be emailed to: with “Teckla-Osage-Rapid City Transmission Line” as the subject.

For more information on this project, contact Ruth Esperance at the Mystic Ranger District office in Rapid City, SD, phone 605-343-1567; or Ed Fischer at the Black Hills National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Custer, SD, phone 605-673-9207.

–U.S. Forest Service