Our least loved project is back, just as quiet as before.
Holy Cross Energy is applying for an easement from the town of Minturn on Wednesday, May 18. This project has been in the National Environmental Policy Act process for nearly five years — as such, Colorado is a very different place. We have had our biggest forest fires since the beginning of this project.
Holy Cross Energy declined to engage Eagle County as a whole. Even after speaking in conjunction with the Town of Minturn at an Eagle County Board of Commissioners meeting with town managers in 2019, where Gypsum, Eagle and Edwards (Avon and Vail were absent) all showed up committed to a county-wide solution. Holy Cross always asks for the same errant path for the line. This includes uninsulated overhead lines at the Homestake Peak football field which then run above ground parallel to the Evercrisp Trail, crossing the highway at the confluence of the Gore/Eagle River and behind the only shooting range in the upper valley.
These lines will not be on current 35 foot poles, but new 75 to 90 foot poles, which require 50 feet on each side of the clearcut. It will be a plague on the hill above Dowd Junction, Two Elk, and the scenic route to Red Cliff.
Holy Cross Energy is also offering to dig the new Minturn bike yard to bury the lines directly underneath – as it was built after their initial tender.
I don’t want my family or I walking, biking, fishing or pulling with these power lines.