SunZia line put on 60-day hold

 U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials at Sandia's National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) Saturday, Jan. 24, to announce the approval of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, a major infrastructure project for the American West./ Sandia Labs

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials at Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) Saturday, Jan. 24, to announce the approval of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, a major infrastructure project for the American West./ Sandia Labs

By Dan Mayfield | Albuquerque Business First

Just days after the Secretary of the Interior held a major press conference to say the SunZia transmission project can go forward, New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn issued a 60-day right-of-entry suspension on the endeavor.

The commissioner said he wanted to review the line’s route, some of which has been planned for six years. Dunn was just recently elected commissioner and has been in office less than a month.

The SunZia line is a 515-mile transmission line designed to distribute renewable energy generated in New Mexico to Arizona.

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