“I do not support delaying this project for any length of time. I will lawyer up and we will start playing that game.” This was the final comment from Rod Fisher, Director of Community Relations for PacifiCorp, Rocky Mountain Power, in response to the Carbon County Commissioner’s December 15th decision to table, until February, the final county approval for the next section, Segment D-1, of this long-planned, since 2007, Gateway West Power line project.
This bit of fireworks occurred late in the last meeting of 2020 for the County Commissioners. It came at the end of the scheduled Public Hearing for a Conditional Use Permit for a change in the Ranching, Agriculture and Mining (RAM) Zoning of the land over which the power line will pass. This change would permit the construction of a new 20-mile section of power line in Northern Carbon County.