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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Western Area Power Administration (Western) released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Southline Transmission Line Project and are seeking the public's input.

Southline is proposing a 360-mile line to improve reliability of the electric grid as well as to help facilitate renewable energy markets in the region.  The proposed line will stretch from Las Cruces, New Mexico to Tucson, crossing BLM-managed public land as well as state land, and private property. 

With the release of the Draft EIS, the BLM and Western have opened a 90-day comment period.  From now until July 10, the public will be able to leave comments about the project.  There are also meetings set for May to allow the public the opportunity to learn about and comment on the proposed project; meetings will be held in Arizona as well as New Mexico.  

Public meetings will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations: 

-Wednesday, May 21 - Willcox Community Center, 312 West Stewart Street, Willcox, Arizona  85643

-Thursday, May 22 - El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 West Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona  85745

To view the Draft EIS and maps showing the proposed routes go online to www.blm.gov/nm/southline.

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