Western Governors have reiterated the need for "substantial" state consultation in the regional review of West-wide energy corridor designations mandated by Section 368 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 in letters to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Thomas Tidwell.
The Governors' most recent letters -- follow-ups to previous outreach regarding the federal strategy and timeline for undertaking the regional reviews -- assert that the agencies' proposed regional review process, which is already underway, "falls short of the meaningful and substantial involvement that states expect and for which Governors have been asking since 2013."
The Governors continue to push for more state involvement on the Interagency Workgroup, reiterate the need for improved siting and permitting of linear transmission projects, and expand on questions regarding the integration of the corridor review process with revised mitigation policies and BLM's Planning 2.0 Initiative.
The Governors also emphasize their desire to work with federal agencies to define corridors that consider "states’ land use requirements, growth priorities and long-term energy planning needs."
Read, download the letters to BLM Director Kornze and USFS Chief Tidwell.