The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Montana Alberta Tie transmission line. The DEQ is accepting public comment on the document until April 9, 2007.

Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. (MATL) has submitted a Montana Major Facility Siting Act application to the DEQ to construct an electric transmission line. MATL proposes to construct, operate, and maintain a 230-kV transmission line between Lethbridge, Alberta, and Great Falls, Montana. As proposed, the 130-mile transmission line would extend from the Montana–Alberta border northeast of Cut Bank to an existing substation just north of Rainbow Dam near Great Falls.

A 30–day public comment period for written comments will close on April 9, 2007.

The draft EIS may be viewed on the web at www.deq.mt.gov.