Important Information Regarding Proposed EPE Substation off Dripping Springs

Proposed ELP Substation:

On Wednesday I met with Paula Montez,  BLM Office, to get more information about the proposed ELP project.

Basically, they are replacing the existing El Paso Electric power substation off Dripping Springs Road with a new substation. The existing substation is on 0.9 acres and the proposed one will occupy about 3.7 acres. They plan on putting a square 1600 ft wall around the new substation. It will be located on the other side (West) of the existing gas line, abutting the new Organ Mesa subdivision. Really bad planning, imho.

One of our Organ Mesa residents has already been to the BLM office and suggested that it be located across the street where there is no development going on. I would concur with that suggestion, or at least locate it to the East of the existing power substation. Locating it where they are proposing would lower property values for the new subdivision and be an eyesore for our entire area.

It is vital that all comments be submitted to the BLM website  by March 3rd, 2017, in order to be included in the decision making. I will discuss this issue at our Annual Meeting this month, but it is important that our comments and critiques be submitted in time in order to be considered.

  • File comments electronically to Please include “Talavera Substation EA” in the subject line of your email.
  • Mail comments to BLM Las Cruces District Office, Attention:  Talavera Substation EA, 1800 Marquess Street, Las Cruces, NM  88005


Perry Ashby
President, Talavera Community Association