The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Prineville District Office requesting right-of-way on Glass Butte, and is proposing to install a new radio tower, building, and digital communications equipment on a 0.5 acre site, acquire two new beam path easements, acquire access road rights, make necessary upgrades to existing access roads, and install new underground conduit for fiber and power services to the site. The proposed facility at Glass Butte would join BPA's existing Harney Substation to Pine Mountain Analog Radio Communications Spur Line, which requires the replacement of aging analog communications equipment.
BPA's proposal would require the BLM to amend its 1989 Brothers-La Pine Resource Management Plan (RMP). To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, the BLM developed an environmental assessment (EA); BPA is a cooperating agency. Two alternatives are considered in the EA: to grant right-of-way on Glass Butte for BPA's proposed radio station facility, or not to grant right-of-way and continue with current practices. The EA describes anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and include mitigation measures that would enable BPA to avoid or minimize impacts.
BLM released the EA for public comment on August 25, 2017; the comment period closed September 25, 2017. Two comments were received. BLM signed the final decision documents on April 30, 2018. More information is available at the BLM Prineville District website.
For environmental information, contact:
Environmental Protection Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration - ECT-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621
For project information, contact:
Bonneville Power Administration - TEP-CSB-2
P.O. Box 491
Vancouver, WA 98666
BLM Public Letter (05/01/2018)
BLM Implementation Decision (04/30/2018)
BLM Implementation Map (04/30/2018)
Project Vicinity Map (06/24/2013)
Project Map (06/24/2013)