Governors seek partnership with BLM, Forest Service in Section 368 energy corridors

Western Governors have reiterated their desire to work with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) on the energy corridor designation process for Section 368 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

The Governors' latest outreach, sent on May 17, 2016 to BLM Director Neil Kornze and USFS Chief Thomas Tidwell, inquired about the status of the Section 368 energy corridors and requested a "substantive partnership" in the designation process and incorporation of energy corridors into land use plans.

As part of a 2012 settlement, BLM and USFS agreed to undertake an initial Section 368 Corridor Study and commence regional periodic reviews, both of which are now long-delayed. Many of the questions posed by the Governors deal with the delay, specifically "what is the revised timeline for study completion?"

Establishing an energy transmission infrastructure system that facilitates the development of necessary infrastructure while maintaining wildlife, natural resources and environmental protection represents a key energy policy priority for Western Governors. The outreach emphasized, "This cooperation is necessary to address states’ land use requirements, growth priorities, and long-term energy planning needs."

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