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BLM to hold meetings on NM-Ariz. power line

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The public will have a chance to chime in on a proposed high-voltage power line that would run through New Mexico and Arizona.

The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled a series of open house meetings in both states on an electrical transmission line that could provide up to 2,500 megawatts of electricity.

Southline Transmission is proposing building the line in two segments. The first segment would stretch 225 miles from a substation in Afton, N.M. to one in Apache, Ariz. The second would be an upgrade of 130 miles of an existing line between Apache and a substation outside of Tucson.

The line would cross federal, state and private lands.

The first meeting is scheduled for May 8 in Las Cruces, N.M.

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