Government shutdown to have impact on Transwest line project | CraigDailyPress.com

Government shutdown to have impact on Transwest line project

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

The government shutdown could have unanticipated effects on certain projects that rely on government involvement.

To get approval to run the 700-mile line through four states, Transwest has been working with the Bureau of Land Management on an environmental impact statement. This statement was looking particularly at how sage grouse habitats would be affected by the pipeline. It got a 90-day public comment period, which was indirectly affected by the shutdown because the main way people comment on the report is via the BLM's website — which is currently not operating.

"Can't review them if you don't have a print-out because the BLM website is down," said Jeff Comstock, director of Moffat County Department of Natural Resources.

But, the comment period could be extended once the shutdown is lifted, Comstock said.

"I foresee that the comment period will extend by how many days the shutdown went on," he said.

Comstock said that this was a small piece of the project and should not be severely detrimental to the progress of the work.

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Erin Fenner can be reached at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com.