BLM seeks comment on Anticline ‘electrification’

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale field office is seeking public input on permitting analysis for the proposed Anticline Electrification Phase I Project related to natural gas development.

Phase I construction includes:

  • Approximately 23.5 miles of 25 kilovolt (kV) distribution line on wood poles beginning just north of Paradise Road and proceeding south and east along the backbone of the Anticline towards Highway 191.
  • Approximately five miles of 69 kV transmission line from Highway 351 north to the Boulder South County Road 23-106 and a substation south of Highway 351 and west of the North Jonah Road.
  • A 10-mile reroute of the authorized Paradise 230 kV transmission line. Currently, this line is authorized to parallel Highway 191 to Highway 351 then follow Highway 351 to the Paradise Road. The transmission line reroute would go from Highway 191 west to the Falcon Compressor area and then north along the backbone of the Anticline to Highway 351 parallel to the above mentioned 25 kV distribution line.

Construction of the 25 kV distribution line is anticipated to begin in the late summer or early fall, and construction of the 69 kV and 230 kV transmission lines would begin “as needed.”

By stringing more electrical power into the natural gas fields, operators can convert from internal combustion generators and motors to electric energy to power equipment and reduce local air emissions — including ozone-forming chemicals.

Mail or deliver written comments to the PFO, 1625 W. Pine St., P.O. Box 768, Pinedale, WY 82941; fax to 307-367-5329; or email to with “Electrification Phase I” in the subject line. Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20.

For more information, please contact Bill Wadsworth at 307-367-5341.

Dustin Bleizeffer is a Report for America Corps member covering energy and climate at WyoFile. He has worked as a coal miner, an oilfield mechanic, and for 25 years as a statewide reporter and editor primarily...

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