“We think it is a good thing because it allows there to be one overarching process which other agencies we will have to work with, like the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, get input into the process and make sure that what is being studied is going to be useful for the permits that they have to give,” said Mario Hurtado, Clean Line's executive vice president of development.
Clean Line earlier this year hosted its own series of public meetings with landowners and local, state and tribal officials to spread awareness about the proposed route.
The Energy Department said it expects to publish a draft environmental impact statement in fall 2013.
For more information and to submit comments on the project, go to PlainsandEasternEIS.com.