BLM seeks comments on gas pipeline work |

BLM seeks comments on gas pipeline work

A sign on the trail to Crater Lake warns backpackers last summer that camping is closed at the 11 sites near the lake because of ongoing bear conflicts.
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The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a proposal from SourceGas to upgrade and potentially reroute a natural gas pipeline that transects the Eagle Ranch Subdivision in Eagle County.

The pipeline, called the Rifle-to-Avon Natural Gas Pipeline, serves customers in Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin and Summit counties. The 4.6-mile section of pipeline that currently crosses through the Eagle Ranch Subdivision needs to be upgraded to meet federal regulations.

SourceGas and the BLM will be hosting a public meeting from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Brush Creek Pavilion, 909 Capitol Road in Eagle, to help inform the public about the three alternatives being considered. Presentations will be given at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Representatives from SourceGas, the BLM and the Town of Eagle Open Space will be on hand to answer questions.

The BLM will write an environmental assessment analyzing three alternatives proposed by SourceGas. Under one alternative, SourceGas would upgrade the existing pipeline segment in its current location through the Eagle Ranch Subdivision. Under the two other alternatives, SourceGas would re-route the pipeline south of the Eagle Ranch Subdivision area for about 3.4 miles through lands managed by the BLM and the Town of Eagle Open Space.

Three one-acre staging areas will also be evaluated at Hernage Creek Gulch, Third Gulch and Hardscrabble Mountain Road. SourceGas is proposing to begin work in early summer 2016.

Copies of the proposal and maps are available for review at the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office and online at

The BLM hopes to identify any issues from the public before it begins writing the environmental assessment of the proposal. Written comments may be submitted at the public meeting, mailed to the Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652, or submitted electronically to Comments will be most helpful if received by Sept. 4.

The BLM advises that before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the agency says it cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

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