Yesterday U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) welcomed a key development in reaching common ground on the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project in New Mexico.
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today announcing DoD’s approval for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) preferred route for the transmission line. The resolution reached between DoD and BLM to allow for the project to move forward would require that a total of five miles of the route would be buried to eliminate conflicts with training and weapons testing in the Northern Extension Area of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR).
“Today’s resolution means that unparalleled military testing at White Sands Missile Range and a transformational clean energy infrastructure project can exist in harmony, and I commend the tremendous work done by the agencies involved to get to this point.