wyoming Horses Being Moved Off Federal Land for Zephyr Transmission Line, Not Oil

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Areas outlined in blue are Herd Management Areas. These areas have enough food and water to sustain wild horses. Areas outlined in pink are Herd Areas. These areas do not have enough food and water for wild horses, but horses were found there after the 1971 Wild Horse and Free Roaming Burro Act was passed. These areas are not considered suitable for wild horses and burros; so my understanding is they are not areas where roundups would occur. Source: http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wo/Planning_and_Renewable_Resources/wild_horses_and_burros/public_land_stats.Par.54911.File.dat/WY_HA_HMA_maps.pdf. PDF page 2

Areas outlined in blue are Herd Management Areas. These areas have enough food and water to sustain wild horses. Areas outlined in pink are Herd Areas. These areas do not have enough food and water for wild horses, but horses were found there after the 1971 Wild Horse and Free Roaming Burro Act was passed. These areas are not considered suitable for wild horses and burros; so my understanding is they are not areas where roundups would occur.
Source: http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wo/Planning_and_Renewable_Resources/wild_horses_and_burros/public_land_stats.Par.54911.File.dat/WY_HA_HMA_maps.pdf.
PDF page 2

Current and planned oil exploration in Wyoming. Compare this to the Herd management Areas and you can see the boundaries of the exploration field perfectly match OUTSIDE the HMA zones (see in particular Continental Divide Creston). It should be noted they do fall in the Herd Areas, however BLM does not consider this area suitable for horses, and no roundups are taking place in those areas. The three HMA’s being rounded up are some of the ones outlined in blue in the previous picture. Source: http://www.wsgs.uwyo.edu/Public-Info/OnlinePubs/docs/Oil-and-Gas-Summary.pdf

Current and planned oil exploration in Wyoming. Compare this to the Herd management Areas and you can see the boundaries of the exploration field perfectly match OUTSIDE the HMA zones (see in particular Continental Divide Creston). It should be noted they do fall in the Herd Areas, however BLM does not consider this area suitable for horses, and no roundups are taking place in those areas. The three HMA’s being rounded up are some of the ones outlined in blue in the previous picture. Source: http://www.wsgs.uwyo.edu/Public-Info/OnlinePubs/docs/Oil-and-Gas-Summary.pdf

Oil fields and renewable fuel installations in Wyoming. As you can see, the areas where new oil leases are being explored are already heavily in use; and are not HMA for the wild horses. Source: http://www.drillingmaps.com/wyoming.html#.VBnypvGQbMx

Oil fields and renewable fuel installations in Wyoming. As you can see, the areas where new oil leases are being explored are already heavily in use; and are not HMA for the wild horses.
Source:
http://www.drillingmaps.com/wyoming.html#.VBnypvGQbMx

Planned area for Zephyr Transmission Line in Red. As you can see, the area goes directly through 3 HMA’s. Source: http://www.datcllc.com/datc-projects/zephyr/ On left hand side, click on “Project Map” for the PDF file.

Planned area for Zephyr Transmission Line in Red. As you can see, the area goes directly through 3 HMA’s. Source: http://www.datcllc.com/datc-projects/zephyr/ On left hand side, click on “Project Map” for the PDF file.

In the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Transwestern Transmission Line (aka Zephyr), it starts off by saying that the Salt Wells Creek HMA will not be impacted by the power line. Source: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/hdd/transwest/DEIS.html Scroll down and open PDF for section 3.19 Wild Horse Management Areas page 3

In the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Transwestern Transmission Line (aka Zephyr), it starts off by saying that the Salt Wells Creek HMA will not be impacted by the power line.
Source:
http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/hdd/transwest/DEIS.html
Scroll down and open PDF for section 3.19 Wild Horse Management Areas
page 3

Note less than two pages after the last statement about “no impact” from the transmission line, there is a SIZEABLE impact in the form of an “Alternative Ground Electrode System” that will involve 25,283 acres of the Salt Wells Creek HMA Source: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/hdd/transwest/DEIS.html Scroll down and open PDF for section 3.19 Wild Horse Management Areas page 5

Note less than two pages after the last statement about “no impact” from the transmission line, there is a SIZEABLE impact in the form of an “Alternative Ground Electrode System” that will involve 25,283 acres of the Salt Wells Creek HMA Source: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/hdd/transwest/DEIS.html Scroll down and open PDF for section 3.19 Wild Horse Management Areas page 5

Note that the recommendation in Colorado, where past roundups have occurred is to zero out the herds for the sake of the transmission lines. Logic dictates that the herds in Wyoming are actually being zeroed out for the same purpose, however the cattle ranchers are more than likely being used as an excuse. In the end – the results are the same – the transmission line will go through while the horses are removed. Source: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/hdd/transwest/DEIS.html Scroll down and open PDF for section 3.19 Wild Horse Management Areas page 2

Note that the recommendation in Colorado, where past roundups have occurred is to zero out the herds for the sake of the transmission lines. Logic dictates that the herds in Wyoming are actually being zeroed out for the same purpose, however the cattle ranchers are more than likely being used as an excuse. In the end – the results are the same – the transmission line will go through while the horses are removed. Source: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/hdd/transwest/DEIS.html Scroll down and open PDF for section 3.19 Wild Horse Management Areas page 2

See this link for BLM’s tentative roundup schedule and compare it to EIS for the TransWest Express Transmission Line

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