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Antelope Valley Station to Neset Transmission Project

This environmental impact statement (EIS) prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Utilities Service (RUS) provides information about the potential environmental impacts of the proposed Antelope Valley Station (AVS) to Neset Transmission Project. This project, proposed by Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric), would include a new 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission line connecting the existing AVS, Charlie Creek, Williston, and Neset substations and the newly proposed Judson and Tande 345-kV substations. In addition to the approximately 190 miles of new 345-kV transmission line, the project would also construct two new 345 kV substations (Judson Substation west of Williston and Tande Substation southeast of Tioga), and several miles of 230-kV transmission line to connect the 345-kV transmission line into the existing area system.

In addition to complying with all applicable federal regulations, several permits and approvals must be granted by the state of North Dakota prior to construction. The North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC) must grant a Certificate of Corridor Compatibility and a Route Permit in accordance with North Dakota Century Code.

Basin Electric has requested financial assistance from RUS to construct the project. RUS has determined that its decision about whether to finance the project would constitute a major federal action that may have a significant impact on the environment, within the context of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). RUS serves as the lead federal agency for the NEPA environmental review of the project.

Basin Electric, RUS, and Western held public scoping meetings on November 15 and 16, 2011. These meetings were held in Williston and Killdeer, North Dakota.

Basin Electric and RUS will hold public hearings on the Draft EIS. These meetings will occur in Killdeer and Williston, North Dakota on January 15 and 16, 2013. The public is encouraged to provide oral comments at the public meetings and to submit written comments to RUS by January 21, 2013. This Draft EIS evaluates the environmental consequences that may result from the proposed action along two route alternatives. In addition, the EIS also analyzes the no-action alternative, under which RUS would not approve financial assistance for the project.

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Federal Register Notice

Draft EIS

Draft Supplemental EIS

 

Final Environmental Impact Statement

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