BLM seeks comment on gas pipeline
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a revised natural gas pipeline proposal south of Rifle.
In December 2011, BLM released a proposal for a 22.3-mile natural gas pipeline called the Kokopelli Phase II, and two water lines that would share the pipeline trench for 4.1 miles. Construction on the pipeline and water lines was proposed to begin in 2012.
Due to current natural gas market conditions, Bargath LLC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Williams Midstream, has said the gas pipeline is delayed at least until 2013.
Construction on the water lines, which are proposed by WPX Energy, is still proposed for 2012. Splitting the project means excavating separate trenches at different times.
As BLM begins the environmental assessment of this revised proposal, it wants to hear any concerns or issues from the public. Because the pipelines would share a corridor for 4.1 miles, BLM is continuing to analyze the natural gas pipelines and the water lines under the same assessment to better evaluate cumulative impacts.
The natural gas pipeline would be a buried 16-inch pipeline that would cross 22.3 miles from the Dry Hollow Compressor south of Silt to the Rulison Compressor near Anvil Points. Approximately 7.6 miles would be installed on BLM-managed lands, 0.9 miles on national forest lands, and 13.8 miles on private property.
The two 6-inch water lines include the 4.1 mile section that would parallel the proposed Kokopelli trench, plus an additional 0.6 miles of private land. The water lines would provide water delivery and collection capabilities to gas fields in this area and would reduce water truck traffic.
Comments are requested by May 2, 2012.
The proposal and map are available on-line: http://www.blm.gov/ co/st/en/fo/crvfo/GSFO_MasterPlansOfDevelopment.html.
Written comments and questions should be directed to Colorado River Valley Field Office at 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652 or by email to BLM_CO_SI_CRVFO_Webmail@blm.gov.
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