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BLM: Transmission line would violate land plan

Posted January 5

— A federal official says a proposed high-voltage power line northwest of Santa Fe violates the land's management plan.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2j8mD38 ) that Hunt Power of Dallas wants the Bureau of Land Management to grant 12 miles of right-of-way for the 33-mile-long, 345-kilovolt Verde Transmission Line. The line would cross federal land, private land and pueblo land.

The BLM says the land in question is supposed to be managed in a way that retains the existing character of the landscape. According to BLM Taos field manager Sarah Schlanger, the management plan would have to be changed for the power line construction to move forward.

The agency will decide whether the plan should be changed as part of its Environmental Impact Statement on the project.

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