Wind on Mount Garfield

The Transwest Express power line is designed to carry wind energy from southeastern Wyoming to the population centers of Las Vegas and perhaps Southern California.

But there doesn’t seem to be a good reason for it to blow past Mount Garfield and along the Colorado River through the Grand Valley, or to bisect Garfield and Rio Blanco counties with its electric towers rising as high as 180 feet.

That route is a proposed alternative for the power line, one that local citizens were clearly unhappy with during a Monday evening meeting with the Bureau of Land Management.

The preferred route for the line is through isolated parts of Moffat County, across northeastern Utah and into the southern part of the Wasatch Front in Utah, then on to Las Vegas. It appears to be a shorter, more direct route. Federal agencies should stick with the preferred route and eliminate the alternative through this region.


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