BLM approves new power line route near Rifle |

BLM approves new power line route near Rifle

The Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday approved a route for a new 230-kilovolt transmission line between Rifle and Parachute.

The Xcel Energy transmission line would connect the Rifle Ute Substation, located about 1.5 miles southeast of Rifle, with the Parachute Substation, located about 1 mile northeast of Parachute.

About six miles of the approximately 18-mile route crosses BLM lands. The route generally follows designated corridors with existing facilities, according to a BLM news release.

Once Xcel secures easements across private land, the BLM will issue a specific 150-foot permanent right-of-way. Construction will not begin until all easements are secured across private land.

According to Xcel’s application, the new transmission line is needed because the current transmission system does not have the capacity to meet the needs of anticipated oil and gas production and exploration in the area.

For more information, including an environmental assessment of the power line route and a map, visit

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