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Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (DOE/EIS - 0507)
Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Baker, and Malheur counties, Oregon; Payette County, Idaho

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Bonneville Power Administration (Bonneville) has electric power supply and transmission service obligations that serve six preference customers (i.e., those customers with preference status under the Bonneville Project Act) located in southeastern Idaho. Bonneville currently meets those obligations through contractual arrangements with various entities, and is evaluating alternative ways to meet its obligations. One possible option to serve the southeastern Idaho customers for the long term would be for Bonneville to participate in the proposed Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (B2H Project) as a joint owner and to acquire partial ownership in other existing transmission facilities in the region so that Bonneville could have contiguous ownership of power transmission between the Federal Columbia River Power System and its southeastern Idaho customers.

As part of implementing the B2H Project, Bonneville’s Boardman-Ione transmission line may be removed to allow the B2H Project to be built in a portion of the existing Boardman-Ione transmission line right-of-way located on the U.S. Navy’s Northwest Weapon Systems Training Facility Boardman (NWSTF Boardman) in Morrow County, Oregon.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was the lead Federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for preparation of the environmental impact statement (EIS) analyzing the environmental effects of construction and operation of the B2H Project, including the removal of the Boardman-Ione transmission line from NWSTF Boardman.  Bonneville and nineteen other public entities were involved in the EIS as cooperating agencies under NEPA.

Additional B2H Project information can be obtained through the BLM Website.

CURRENT STATUS:
Bonneville has decided to amend an existing land use agreement with the U.S. Navy that authorizes Bonneville’s ongoing access to certain land on NWSTF Boardman in Morrow County, Oregon, as well as operation and maintenance of the approximately 14 miles of the Boardman-Ione transmission line that is located on that land.  The amendment to the land use agreement includes terms to initiate the phased removal of the Boardman-Ione transmission line from NWSTF Boardman if the B2H Project is constructed.

Bonneville has not yet made a decision about joint ownership of the B2H Project.

CONTACT:

​For environmental information, contact:
Sandra Ackley
Environmental Protection Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration - ECP-4
PO Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621

Toll-free:  800-622-4519
Direct Line:  503-230-3824
Email:  sjackley@bpa.gov

For realty information, contact:
Jamie Murray
Supverisory Realty Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration - TERR-Kalispell
2520 US Highway 2 E
Kalispell, MT 59912


Toll-free:  800-622-4519
Direct Line:  406-751-7821
Email:  jamurray@bpa.gov

For general project information, contact:
Paul Garrett
Supervisory Account Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration-PSS-6
PO Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621


Toll-free:  800-622-4519
Direct Line:  503-230-4553
Email:  pdgarrett@bpa.gov

 
DOCUMENTS:

BOARDMAN-IONE LAND USE AGREEMENT AMENDMENT ROD
Public Letter                (05/21/2019)  
Record of Decision      (05/13/2019)
Federal Register Notice of Availability    (05/29/2019)

FINAL EIS
BLM Public Letter
Final EIS:
Cover and abstract
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6

DRAFT EIS
BLM Public Letter
Draft EIS:
Cover and abstract
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6