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Utah public comment period closes for Lake Powell Pipeline

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Officials say more than 1,100 public comments were submitted for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline designed to pump water to two southern Utah counties. (Photo courtesy of Danny Lehman via MGN)

Officials say more than 1,100 public comments were submitted for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline designed to pump water to two southern Utah counties.

The Spectrum reports the proposed 140-mile road is estimated to cost between $1 billion to $1.7 billion to be repaid over 50 years.

Critics say the pipeline is an unnecessary use of funds.

Bureau of Reclamation officials will consider all the comments before releasing a draft environmental impact statement.

Officials say the draft is the first step in the year-long National Environmental Policy Act.

Another public comment period will open after the department releases the draft.

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