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Federal officials to tour proposed Lake Power pipeline route

Posted September 19

— Federal regulators will be touring the proposed route of the billion-dollar Lake Powell pipeline this week.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/2cZZnq7 ) members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are visiting the site Tuesday and Wednesday. The tour, which is open to the public, is intended to provide regulators with a close-up look of the pipeline's proposed alignment, the land it covers and its planned hydropower components.

Utah Division of Water Resources officials and members of the Utah Rivers Council, which has criticized the project, are also scheduled to go on the tour.

The 139-mile pipeline would pull Colorado River water from the lake into southwestern Utah's Washington County.

Environmental groups have said the pipeline is costly and unnecessary.

The federal commission must complete an environmental review before the project can move forward.

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