Sun Zia power line project gets shelved

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In August, John Conger, acting deputy under secretary of defense, sent a letter to the U. S. Bureau of Land Management stating the opposition of the Department of Defense to BLM’s “preferred alternative route” of the proposed SunZia transmission line, stopping action on the controversial multi-state high-tension power line project.

The preferred route had the transmission line traveling through the northernmost boundaries of White Sands Missile Range, crossing the Rio Grande just south of the Escondida bridge and then heading west between Socorro’s M Mountain and Strawberry Peak to join with an existing power line easement.

U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce agreed with DOD, saying the proposed route would impede the military’s ability to complete testing that cannot be done anywhere else in the United States. The result would cause a devastating impact on national security. Negotiations continue among the government bigwigs in Washington, D.C.